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January 2014


Dear Friends of After the Finish Line,


“The greatest victory for a Thoroughbred is not winning a race,
     but winning the race to live long past their days on the racetrack.”
                                                                                                            ~Dawn Mellen

Happy New Year to you and Happy Birthday to the racehorses! All Thoroughbreds in the Northern hemisphere celebrated their birthdays on the same date, January 1. All the Thoroughbreds in the Southern hemisphere will celebrate their birthdays on August 1.

After the Finish Line awards monthly emergency funds to 501 (c) 3 rescue and retirement organizations that save, rehabilitate, re-train and adopt Off Track Thoroughbreds and broodmares for a second career or retirement. The funding can be used for: surgery or medical expenses, farrier, dental or vet expenses, hay and feed, boarding, transporting a Thoroughbred to safety and saving horses at auctions. Please send an email to  outlining your horse’s needs and funding request.

::: OTTBs Rescued at Christmas :::

As the Christmas holiday approached, After the Finish Line looked for OTTBs at auctions for that one last save of the year. We were alerted to not just one, but three horses that needed to be saved from going to slaughter. These lucky OTTBs, E’s on Main, Apollo Miss and Buffed Ice, had dedicated individuals and rescue organizations working to bring them home for the holidays. They were secured and left the auction on Christmas Eve. We thank Equine Rescue of Aiken and The Race Fund for their efforts. After the Finish Line made a financial commitment to help purchase them from the auction, provide transportation to their new home and cover vet evaluations, farrier and dental expenses.

::: Monthly Emergency Funds :::

After the Finish Line awarded January emergency funds to Love of Lacey Equine Rescue in North Carolina. They had rescued Tobe Suave, aka Cash, who raced on both coasts and in Canada earning $350k. He hit the board 29 times in 54 starts. This 13 year old OTTB had been retrained to be a police horse. Unfortunately, just days before leaving for his new job, he was kicked in his hock causing a fracture. His injury prevented him from being a police horse after the injury had healed. The rescue took him and found his temperament was compatible for a therapeutic riding horse. Shortly before going out on trial to help children with disabilities Cash suffered from colitis, an inflammation of the gastro intestinal track and passed away. ATFL provided funds to help pay the equine hospital bill. He will be missed.

::: ATFL Caps :::

After the Finish Line’s custom caps are available in Green, Pink, Stone and Black at the After the Finish Line Store. 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,, on the back. All proceeds benefit the rescue, rehabilitation and re-training of Off Track Thoroughbreds. They only cost $20 + $5 shipping.

::: Donations :::

Do you know what happens to Thoroughbreds that are no longer able to race or breed?  Help After the Finish Line raise money to save them from possible slaughter and neglect. ATFL was created to help horses that are not wanted after their racing and breeding careers are over. Your donation will help save, rehabilitate and re-train the Off Track Thoroughbreds and broodmares for a second career or retirement. We thank our supporters throughout the United States for their donations.


dawn mellen

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