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September 2014

Dear Friends of After the Finish Line,

::: August Fundraisers :::

“Horses in Motion” Art Exhibit

After the Finish Line was the chosen charity of Nativa Interiors, “Horses in Motion” Art Exhibit. This event ran during the Del Mar race meet from July 17th to August 30th. After the Finish Line received 10% of the sales of unique and original equestrian artwork that included paintings, sculptures and photographs from local and nationally renowned artists.

A Fiesta for the Horses – August 20th

After the Finish Line was the charity for the month of August at En Fuego Cantina and Grill in Del Mar. En Fuego donated $1 for every Finish Line Margarita sold throughout the month. Our restaurant party, "A Fiesta for the Horses", sold out. Our special guests were Hall of Fame jockey Don Pierce, Hall of Fame trainer Gary Jones and jockeys Kayla Stra and Edwin Maldonado. The television racing reality show Stable Wars filmed for an upcoming episode. Ten percent of all restaurant sales were donated to ATFL.

PacificFest at Del Mar Race Track – August 24th

This is the third year that After the Finish Line hosted charity tables at Del Mar Race Track on Pacific Classic Day. We were on the first floor of the Club House / Turf Club entrance by the colorful Peb Bellocq mural. We sold racing themed items such as artwork, caps, sportswear, books, memorabilia and much more. Trainer Art Sherman stopped by to autograph California Chrome photographs. The reality stow, Stable Wars, also filmed for an upcoming episode.

::: Emergency Funds :::

ATFL awards monthly emergency funds to 501 (c) 3 rescue organizations. The funding can be used to save Thoroughbreds at auctions, for surgery or medical expenses, for farrier, dental or vet expenses, for hay and feed, to pay boarding expenses or to transport a Thoroughbred to safety. If your organization’s mission is to save, rehabilitate, re-train and adopt Thoroughbred ex-racehorses and broodmares for a second career or retirement, please contact to request our Guidelines.

This month After the Finish Line is awarding our September Emergency Funds to four rescue organizations. Equestrian, Inc. in Florida tried to save Last Star who raced at tracks on the east coast from Monmouth Park down to Tampa Bay Downs earning $29k. Last Star was showing signs of colic. After round the clock care from the rescue and their veterinarian, it was determined that he could not be saved. ATFL will provide funds for the medical care provided and his burial.

Another rescued OTTB at Equestrian, Inc. named Jaggermonster was distraught at loosing his friend Last Star. As he paced in his turnout he tore the skin on his nose and required stitches. ATFL will also pay Jaggermonsters medical bill.

Beyond The Roses Equine Rescue & Retirement requested funds for their 9 OTTBs – Proud Mover, Distorted Groom, Rocky, Nurse Merf, Skippy Due, Harley D, Twisted Wit, Top Bunk and Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk. These horses raced at tracks across the United States earning between $7k and almost $1 million. They are between 7 and 28 years old. Some are sanctuary horses while the others are available for adoption. ATFL will provide funds to help the rescue get through the winter months by funding for grain, hay, farrier, vet bills bedding and board.

CANTER Colorado asked for funds to help The Tour Director. He was considered a high risk horse because of his ridgling status. He is technically considered a stallion. The Tour Director raced in Arizona, California and Colorado earning $51k in over 40 races by the age of 7. ATFL will provide funds for his gelding surgery.

Orphan Acres rescued three OTTBs from an animal cruelty case as their owner repeatedly fled locations prolonging their suffering. Legacy Leggy and Backstage Booty are 9 year old stallions that never raced while Cha Cha Baby raced once earning $150. These horses had been deprived of basic care for many years. The rescue found open wounds, scars, swollen legs, neglected feet and other ailments. ATFL will provide funds for gelding, farrier, dental, grain and hay 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 cost only $20 + $5 shipping payable by check or through PayPal.

::: Donations :::

“The greatest victory for a Thoroughbred is not winning a race, but winning the race to live long past their days on the racetrack.” ATFL was created to provide financial support to Thoroughbreds that are not wanted after their racing and breeding careers are over. Please consider making a donation to help these horses and save them from possible slaughter and neglect. 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