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March 2013

Dear Friends of After the Finish Line,

::: Fundraisers :::

After the Finish Line invites you to participate in our 2013 fundraisers.  Last year ATFL awarded a total of 65 grants, emergency funds and special event funding to support rescue organizations in 17 states and helping over 300 ex-racehorses. We can raise even more money and save even more horses this year with your continued support. You can attend our fundraisers as a guest or volunteer, donate auction items or be a sponsor. We host or are the charity partner at several different types of fundraisers.


Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Shows for Off Track Thoroughbreds
 Lexington, VA ~ March, June & October

This is After the Finish Line’s 4th year in partnership with the Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Shows at the Virginia Horse Center. ATFL and friends sponsor the $1,500 After the Finish Line Hunter Stake. This show series promotes Off Track Thoroughbreds in second careers as Hunters, Jumpers and Pleasure Mounts. NEW this year is the addition of Dressage, combined training and Hunter trials. Proceeds from the silent auctions benefit After the Finish Line. We look forward to seeing you in the Daily Racing Form Winner’s Circle.

International Hunter Derby Dinner & Auction ~ Los Angeles Equestrian Center  Burbank, CA ~ May 26

After the Finish Line is the charity partner for the $10,000 Memorial Day Classic USHJA International Hunter Derby on Sunday, May 26th hosted by the Langer Equestrian Group. Join us for a VIP Dinner and silent auction in the Equidome. Proceeds from the dinner and silent auction benefit After the Finish Line.

A Tribute to the Majesty of Thoroughbreds
Del Mar, CA ~ August 1

After the Finish Line hosts their biggest and most important fundraiser of the year on Thursday, August 1st from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the newly renovated Hilton Hotel in Del Mar. “A Tribute to the Majesty of Thoroughbreds” will include a reception, silent and live auctions and dinner. This fundraiser is held during the Del Mar race meet to raise awareness for the ex-racehorses. Sponsorships are available and auctions items and volunteers are welcomed.

A Fiesta for the Horses at En Fuego Cantina & Grill
Del Mar, CA ~ August 21

After the Finish Line is the August charity of the month at En Fuego Cantina and Grill. On Wednesday, August 21st, ATFL takes over the restaurant for “A Fiesta for the Horses” party. Join us from 6 pm – closing for dinner, appetizers and “Finish Line” Margaritas. En Fuego will donate 10% of all restaurant sales to After the Finish Line. And, throughout the month of August, $1 will be donated to ATFL for every “Finish Line” Margarita sold. Gather your friends and help us raise money for the ex-racehorses.


Race for the Rescues, Road Running Race for Animals
Orange County, CA ~ November 1

We are “off to the races” with the Race for the Rescues. The road running event is at The Great Park Irvine on Sunday, November 1st and includes a 5k and 10k run, 1k dog walk and kids fun run. This amazing race raises money for various animal rescue groups including Thoroughbred ex-racehorses. Join the After the Finish Line Team and run with us or just make a donation to our team.

::: Grants and Emergency Funds :::

After the Finish Line will award grants to 501 (c) 3 rescue organizations in May. If your organization’s mission is to save, rehabilitate and re-train Thoroughbred ex-racehorses or broodmares for a second career, please contact to request an application. Please include your website address. Completed applications must be received no later than March 29, 2013 to be considered.

Our March emergency funds were awarded to Project Spirit Horse Rescue for Alyrob, who finished 8th in the 1996 Kentucky Derby. Alyrob’s owner asked to board him at the rescue over three years ago. He arrived thin, with bad feet and teeth. He was stressed and full of fight. Alyrob’s owner was inconsistent in paying his boarding expenses and the rescue owners could no longer afford to pay for his care. Alyrob was then deemed abandoned and now owned by the rescue. ATFL awarded funding to sponsor his board, hay, feed, farrier and dental.

Up to 20 horses race in the Kentucky Derby every year. As the years go by only a few are remembered or ever heard of again. Alyrob has the bloodlines of the great Thoroughbred champions, Alysheba and Alydar. Seventeen years after racing in the Kentucky Derby and Santa Anita Derby, Alyrob is happy living in his pasture with his friends.

::: Volunteers :::

After the Finish Line is looking for volunteers with all skill levels to help grow our organization. You can get involved in a project or just volunteer at a fundraiser. You don’t have to live locally in Southern California. If you have experience with event planning, fundraisers, grant writing, marketing, sources for auction items or computer skills, then join us for a rewarding experience in helping the Thoroughbreds. Please contact

::: Merchandise :::

Show your support for ATFL by making a donation or purchasing a cap. Our quality, custom caps come in two colors, black or stone. Visit our ATFL Store link to order. Also, ATFL is the designated charity partner for OTTB Designs.

::: Donations :::

After the Finish Line was created for Thoroughbreds that have no means of support after their racing and breeding careers are over. We receive donations from supporters throughout the United States.



dawn mellen

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