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March 2014

Dear Friends of After the Finish Line,

We have made great strides over the years educating the public about alternative options for Thoroughbreds when their racing or breeding careers have ended. Much more awareness and, especially, funding to help the horses must be made available from all levels in the racing industry. No ex-racehorse should ever step foot in an auction or be found in such deplorable shape or conditions that the authorities must be called in to rescue it. Yet this happens all too often throughout the United States. Please donate to After the Finish Line so we can help the ex-racehorses.

::: Emergency Funds :::

After the Finish Line provides year-round financial support to qualified 501 (c) 3 non-profit rescue and retirement organizations caring for Thoroughbred horses that were bred to race. ATFL funds up to five equine organizations each month of the year based on our budget. Please review our Guidelines for funding and follow the instructions to apply.

Equine Racers in California took Blaze Zing into their care after Auction Horse Rescue saved him at the auction. Blaze Zing had been used for match racing and was discarded at the auction after his last race at Los Alamitos. Blaze is a 5 year old chestnut gelding who raced at Hollywood Park, Fairplex and Los Alamitos with only $2,300 in earnings. While racing he developed chips in his knee and can only be adopted as a companion or pasture sound horse instead of a riding horse. ATFL provided funds to purchase him at auction and pay for his vet care, X-rays, farrier and board.

Emerald City Thoroughbred Project cares for 18 Off Track Thoroughbreds. Most raced in Washington at Portland Meadows and Emerald Downs. Their earnings fall between $200 and $106,000. One horse, Market Master, raced until the age of 11 and once held the record for the most wins at Emerald Downs. Three years after his last race he was rescued at an auction with bows in both legs. While some will be able to go to new careers, most of their OTTBs will live in sanctuary at the rescue organization.  ATFL provided funds to help with their hay expense.

United Pegasus Foundation cares for 58 Off Track Thoroughbreds and recently saved 25 more when a neighboring rescue organization downsized and moved to a new location. Several of these horses, Running Free, Publication, Southern Wish and Mananan Mclir earned over a half million dollars racing.  Five of them had 60 to 86 starts in their career. After the Finish Line provided funds for these to have their teeth floated.

::: 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 :::

After the Finish Line was created to help Thoroughbreds that are not supported after their racing and breeding careers are over. Your donations will help save, rehabilitate and re-train Thoroughbred ex-racehorses for a second career or dignified retirement. We appreciate the donations we receive from supporters across the United States and encourage you to make a tax deductible donation to After the Finish Line.



dawn mellen

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