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July 2014

Dear Friends of After the Finish Line,

::: Fundraisers :::

After the Finish Line is the chosen charity of Nativa Interiors, "Horses in Motion" Art Exhibit. This event runs during the Del Mar race meet from July 17th to August 30th.  After the Finish Line will receive10% of the proceeds of the sales of artwork. Mark your calendar for the opening reception on Saturday, July 19th at 5 pm on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. Their unique and original artwork includes paintings, sculptures and photographs from local and nationally renowned artists. See you there!

::: Emergency Funds :::

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

::: July Emergency Funds :::

The Golden Carrot requested funds for Slewsinthefastlane. Slew was passed from family to family as each could not afford to properly care for him. He raced at Golden Gate Fields and had no earnings. Slew is 20 years old, 18 hands tall and arthritic. ATFL will fund this gentle giant expenses including farrier and chiropractic work, supplements for pain, inflammation and joint support and feed and hay.

Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center accepted Formaggio and Nowheretohide into their program. Both horses were retired from racing by their owners. Formaggio had 30 starts and earned $179,000 when he transitioned off the racetrack at age 7. He raced at 10 different tracks including Keeneland, Fair Grounds, Remington Park and Lone Star. His retraining will enable him to trail ride, fox hunt and or do lower level dressage or eventing. ATFL will sponsor Formaggio’s training, hay and feed, supplements, veterinarian, and medication expenses.       

Nowheretohide retired at the age of 8. He raced at 13 racetracks with 34 starts and had earnings of $217,000. He raced at Ellis Park, Gulfstream Park, Saratoga, Hawthorne, Churchill Downs and others. With retraining, Nowheretohide will be able to be a field hunter, lower level show hunter or novice event horse. ATFL will provide funds for training, hay and feed, supplements, veterinarian, medication and farrier expenses.

::: Donations :::

After the Finish Line was created to help Thoroughbreds that are not supported by their owners after their racing and breeding careers are over. Your donation will help save, rehabilitate and re-train Thoroughbred ex-racehorses for a second career or retirement. Thank you for your support.

::: Merchandise :::

After the Finish Line’s custom caps are available in green, pink, black and stone at theAfter 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,  All proceeds benefit the rescue, rehabilitation and re-training of Off Track Thoroughbreds. They only cost $20 + $5 shipping.


dawn mellen

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