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June 2014

Dear Friends of After the Finish Line,


::: Triple Crown – Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes :::

Congratulations to Tonalist on winning the Belmont Stakes. Congratulations to California Chrome for his victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Each race was thrilling to watch. After the Finish Line considers all the horses in the Triple Crown series to be true champions. No matter where they placed in the races, each horse gave it their best.

::: Emergency Funds :::

After the Finish Line is a year round-funding source that supports 501 (c) 3 non-profit rescue and retirement organizations helping Thoroughbreds that were bred to race. We provide monthly Emergency Funds to organizations located throughout the United States because we know every day many horses need our help.  If you are interested in applying for funding, please review our Guidelines and follow the instructions.

::: June Funding :::

Amazing Grace Equine Sanctuary in Wisconsin helped Dave and Nate. This horse was in race training when he developed sore shins. While rehabbing he injured his knee and was unable to continue training as a racehorse. He was surrendered to the rescue where he had colic surgery. At the age of four it can certainly be said Dave and Nate has been down a tough road. Fortunately, he has a long and wonderful life ahead of him. ATFL will provide funds for his colic surgery.

CANTER Mid Atlantic took Count Truckee, a 5year old gelding, into their program last year. He had raced 9 times at Charles Town earning $44k. Truckee had extensive training and a pending adoption before he was kicked on the back of his knee by another horse causing an infection. The injury required a 10 day stay at the equine hospital. Happily, Truckee’s wound is almost healed and this injury will not cause future limitations in his next career. ATFL will provide funds for his hospital expenses.

Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue saved Kim’s Leading Man (barn name “Thor”), a 2007 gelding by Unusual Heat. The horse was given to a horse trader by the farm manager where the horse resided. Thor had been laid up at the farm since his surgery for a lateral condylar fracture, his career ending injury in December 2011. The horse trader had an offer from a horse dealer who exports horses from California to other states where transporting horses for slaughter is legal. Luckily SCTR was able to step in and purchase Thor from the horse trader. Thor had three screws inserted and unfortunately, he has arthritic developments that are limiting flexion in his joint. It is unclear if he will be sound for riding. ATFL will provide funds for x-rays, lameness evaluation, joint injection, dental and vaccines.

ReRun worked with a group of people who raised bail money to save Rising of the Moon at an auction. He is a 9 year old gelding who earned $64k racing. He raced at Laurel Park, Atlantic City, Penn National and Pimlico to name a few. ReRun took the horse into their program by first sending him to a quarantine facility. Rising of the Moon came down with a severe case of strangles at the auction which required unexpected veterinary care and extended quarantine expenses. He has since recovered and has been transferred to ReRun’s New York facility where he will be retrained and offered for adoption. ATFL will pay for his transportation, boarding and veterinary expenses.

ReRun also helped Senior’s Pride when the race meet closed at Tampa Downs. Senior’s Pride is a 6 year old gelding who earned $326k in his racing career. He raced at Tampa Bay, Saratoga, Belmont Park, Philadelphia Park and Thistle Downs. The vets determined Senior has a large bone spur in his front ankle that will require additional costly treatments. ATFL will pay for his boarding, vet and transportation expenses.

::: After the Finish Line Caps :::

After the Finish Line’s custom caps are available in green and pink and 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