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Dear of Friends of After the Finish Line,


Do you know what happens to Thoroughbred racehorses that are no longer able to race or breed? You should know they don’t always retire to green pastures. After the Finish Line gives these horses the opportunity for a new beginning. ATFL is an all-volunteer 501 (c) 3 funding non-profit dedicated to the welfare of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses and broodmares. We help the ex-racehorses transition into new careers or retire with dignity by awarding year round funding to rescue and retirement organizations across the United States that save, rehabilitate and re-train these equine athletes.  We need you to join us and be a voice for our equine friends. Help After the Finish Line raise money to save them from possible slaughter and neglect by donating to our important cause.


::: August Fundraisers :::

Last month After the Finish Line hosted 3 fundraisers in Del Mar, CA during the Del Mar race meet. We thank our board members and volunteers for their hard work and dedication. Our largest fundraiser of the year, A Tribute to the Majesty of Thoroughbreds, was held on August 1st. This was our 6th Annual Charity Dinner with a reception, silent and live auctions, dinner and guest speakers. It was held during the Del Mar race meet to raise awareness for and honor the ex-racehorses. ATFL raised $78,000 at this event.

After the Finish Line was the August charity of the month at En Fuego Cantina and Grill.  ATFL took over the restaurant for “A Fiesta for the Horses” party with our celebrity bartender, jockey Kayla Stra. En Fuego donated 10% of the evening’s restaurant sales and throughout the month of August, $1 was donated to ATFL for every “Finish Line” Margarita sold.

After the Finish Line also had charity tables at the Del Mar race track on Pacific Classic Day. This is the second busiest day at the track with upwards of 40,000 people in attendance. Our second annual fundraiser in the Clubhouse lobby was held under the famed Pierre “Peb” Bellocq mural. Visit us next year!

::: October Fundraisers :::

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, western pleasure and side saddle. Proceeds from the silent auctions benefit After the Finish Line. We look forward to seeing you in the Daily Racing Form Winner’s Circle.

::: Emergency Funds :::

ATFL awards monthly emergency funds to 501 (c) 3 rescue organizations. The funding can be used to save Thoroughbreds at auctions, for surgery or medical expenses, for farrier, dental or vet expenses, for hay and feed, to pay boarding expenses or to transport a Thoroughbred to safety. If your organization’s mission is to save, rehabilitate, re-train and adopt Thoroughbred ex-racehorses and broodmares for a second career or retirement, please contact to request an emergency fund application.

ATFL awarded September Emergency Funds to four rescue organizations. Beyond The Roses Equine Rescue & Retirement had been eyeing Skippy Due. He is an 11 year old gelding who raced 95 times, had 23 owners and raced in 13 states with $361,000 in earnings. In July Skippy Due ran his last race finishing 7th and 13 ½ lengths behind the winner. He developed bone chips during the race and required surgery. Skippy Due more than earned his retirement and ATFL paid his surgery expense so he could live free of pain.

Project Horse, Inc. acquired Cat Player aka Foster who raced at Charles Town Races & Slots from 2005 – 2007. He had 12 starts and came in the money only once by winning a race. He soon became part of a high profile seizure of 48 Thoroughbreds left on a farm during the winter months. He was neglected and starved. There rescue said he was high strung and edgy, malnourished and frightened .The rescue helped him work through his issues over the years and he is now a therapy horse working with at-risk teens. Foster had a severe episode of colic that required emergency surgery. ATFL will provide funds towards Foster’s veterinary and hospital bills.

Heavenly Horse Haven had adopted their Thoroughbred Willow under the condition that she not be jumped. Yet when the adopters called to say Willow had lameness issues and wanted to return her, the rescue felt they asked too much of Willow. ATFL will provide funding for vet, dental and farrier services as well as hay and supplements.


Canter Michigan requested funding for 3 ex-racehorses. Corbelli raced 23 times earning $44k. He raced at Thistledown, Mountaineer, Fort Erie and Woodbine. Corbelli came up lame after his last race. X-rays showed bone chips. ATFL will provide funds for surgery to remove the chips. After his rehab he will be able to transition into flat work – dressage, trail or fox hunting.

Batesburg raced 18 times at Hoosier Park, Indiana Downs and Mt. Pleasant earning $53k.This horse was at risk of going to auction as the owner no longer wanted her. Sr Laughs A Lot had only 5 starts at Thistledown earning $5k. He ran in the money 4 out of 5 starts but the horse didn’t earn enough for the owner to keep him or feed him. Sr Laughs A Lot is sound for all disciplines. ATFL will provide both horses with funding for farrier, special feed for weight gain, board and training to help them get adopted.

::: Merchandise :::


In addition to our custom stone and black caps, After the Finish Line now has pink and green caps for sale at  Our canvas caps are one size with an adjustable metal clasp. They feature our service mark, "A 501 (c) 3 funding non-profit for rescued Thoroughbred ex-racehorses" and our website, The logo colors are stunning.  All proceeds benefit the rescue, rehabilitation and re-training of ex-racehorses.

:: Donations :::

After the Finish Line was created to help Thoroughbreds that are not supported after their racing or breeding careers are over. Your donation will help save, rehabilitate and re-train Thoroughbred ex-racehorses for a second career or retirement. We receive monetary and auction donations from supporters across the United States. Also, please contact ATFL at if you would like to discuss year-end tax donations.


dawn mellen

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