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June 2012

Dear After the Finish Line Supporters,

Winning all three of the Triple Crown races is considered the greatest accomplishment of a Thoroughbred racehorse. Friday morning’s unfortunate news that I’ll Have Another, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, has been scratched from the Belmont Stakes caught us all by surprise. The welfare of the horse is of the utmost importance. Recently, After the Finish Line had the privilege of seeing the Triple Crown Trophy won by Affirmed in 1978. Maybe 2013 will be a lucky year?

This weekend the Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Shows host their second of three yearly shows. These shows put the Off the Track Thoroughbreds in the spotlight as they compete in second careers as Hunters, Jumpers and Pleasure mounts. ATFL and friends sponsor the $1,500 After the Finish Line Hunter Stake. The Daily Racing Form and Fasig-Tipton provide industry support. Businesses and individuals sponsor and donate auction items. Proceeds from the silent auction benefits After the Finish Line.

Join After the Finish Line for our 5th Annual Charity Dinner, “A Tribute to the Majesty of Thoroughbreds”, held during the Del Mar race meet. Mark your calendar for July 26th to attend our most important fundraiser of the year at the Hilton Hotel across from the Del Mar race track. We will host a reception with entertainment, silent and live auctions and dinner.  Our guest speakers are Laffit Pincay, Jr., Hall of Fame Jockey and Laffit Pincay, III, NBC Sports and HRTV Host. This event raises the majority of our yearly funding. Please consider a donation if you cannot attend. Auction items are welcome. For tickets, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities contact

“A Tribute to the Majesty of Thoroughbreds” fundraiser documents include: Save the Date, Invitation, Donor Letter and Donor Agreement. To attend, please print and return the Invitation with your payment or use PayPal.

Add the After the Finish Line Thoroughbred Series at the Del Sol Classic in Del Mar, CA to your show jumping competition schedule this summer. The show, held August 15-16, has classes for Off the Track Thoroughbreds competing as Hunters and Jumpers in the horse show arena. $1,000 in prize money will be awarded to the OTTB's!

Never miss an event and keep up to date with After the Finish Line by following our Facebook page. Several other events are planned during the Del Mar race meet.

After the Finish Line is a year-round funding source for rescue organizations that save, rehabilitate and re-train Off the Track Thoroughbreds for second careers. The funds can be used to save horses at auctions, pay for surgery or medical expenses, for farrier, dental or vet expenses, provide hay and feed, for re-training and boarding expenses or to transport a Thoroughbred to safety. Grants are awarded in May. Monthly Emergency Funds are awarded in the remaining 11 months of the year. Contact to learn more.

This month ATFL awarded Emergency Funds to 4 Thoroughbred rescue organizations. Equine Encore Foundation received funding for yearly vaccinations for 30 horses. Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary requested funding for the farrier expense for 9 horses. Lifetime Equine Refuge received funding for hay, grain, farrier and dental expenses. Beyond the Roses Equine received funding for hay, grain and farrier expenses for two older broodmares and funding for a veterinarian evaluation for an older ex-racehorse that has earned his retirement.

Don’t forget about After the Finish Line’s baseball caps. Our quality, custom caps come in two colors, stone or black. Show your support for ATFL where ever you go.

After the Finish Line was created for Thoroughbreds that have no means of support after their racing or breeding careers are over. We have donors throughout the United States. Please donate so we can help more off the track Thoroughbreds.



dawn mellen

Dawn Mellen, President/Founder
After the Finish Line
10153 Riverside Drive
Toluca Lake, CA 91602