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April 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.”


::: 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. We provide Emergency Funds to organizations located throughout the United States. If you are interested in applying for funding, please review our Guidelinesand follow the instructions to apply.

::: April Funding :::

The Golden Carrot rescued an 18 year old OTTB from a county animal shelter. HotterthanaPistol is a Florida bred, chestnut gelding who raced 34 times. Pistol ran all his races in West Virginia at Charles Town racetrack with earnings of $11k. He last raced in the year 2000. The rescue organization wonders where he’s been for 14 years and how he traveled from West Virginia to California. Pistol requires extensive care. He has cellulitis on one leg, he is lame on another leg and it appears his hip may be injured. This Thoroughbred has LOTS of spirit and willingness to push through pain knowing his handlers are only trying to make him better. ATFL will provide funds for transportation, veterinarian visits, medication, the chiropractor and farrier and feed.

Out Side In Stables in Michigan rescued a total of 10 horses from Arlington Park, Fairmount and Hawthorne Park in Illinois, Kentucky and Beulah Park in Ohio. These Thoroughbreds needed to find new homes as their race meets were ending. Their earnings and racing potential differ greatly. Looky Looky and Black Queen earned no money while The Teflon Warrior earned $27k and Lemon Custard earned $342k. These horses range in age from 3 years to 10 years. They will be part of an Equine Assisted Psychotherapy program as therapy horses for Veterans, children and adults. They will also be part of their Riding Academy as lesson and show horses. ATFL will provide funds for hay, grain, farrier and veterinary expenses.

Saving Horses, Inc. rescued a mare they named Lucky Girl from the Fallon Feedlot in Nevada seven years ago. Lucky Girl’s tattoo was illegible and she was in poor condition. She had infections, she was lame and extremely underweight. She is believed to be about 22 years old and is a permanent retiree at the rescue. Lucky Girl unfortunately colicked and had to have her stifles injected to ease her lameness pain. The vet recommended front shoes with rim pads to alleviate her tendon pain and hind shoes to alleviate her toe pain.  After the Finish Line will provide funds to pay these expenses.

After the Finish Line funded Auction Horses Rescue when they rescued three OTTBs from auction. Seattle Souvenir, High Z and Single Star have since incurred additional expenses: medical treatment, x-rays, farrier, dental, training and boarding expenses. High Z and Seattle Souvenir are progressing very well. Single Star, unfortunately, was euthanized. He was raced with several fractures in his knee now causing severe arthritis and he had ringbone. It was getting harder and harder for him to get up and lift his feet. Only high doses of bute kept him comfortable. He spent his last days happy in a grass field with his Quarter Horse girlfriend Catherine.

::: 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 Off Track Thoroughbreds 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