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November 2014

Congratulations to all the horses that competed in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup. Fans traveled from across the United States and around the world to see these Thoroughbred “celebrities” up close in the saddling area and paddock. Excitement grew and fans cheered as the equine athletes burst out of the starting gate. They were all winners!

The Breeders’ Cup horses are the best in the world, not your everyday horse that races in claiming races at racetracks across the United States. The tens of thousands of claimers try just as hard without the same success. You’ll never find the claimers at a fancy auction being sold for hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars. Yet they are every bit deserving of the time and attention it takes to help them transition into a second career and a loving home when they can no longer race or breed.

Month after month for the past seven years, After the Finish Line has awarded funding to rescue organizations and their Off Track Thoroughbreds to save horses at auctions and pay for surgery and medical expenses, farrier, dental and vet expenses, hay, feed and boarding expenses and transporting a horse to safety. We are a helping hand for a horse that was once no longer wanted and needs someone to believe in them.

We need your support. Please donate to help the Off Track Thoroughbreds.

::: Donations :::

Please include After the Finish Line when making your year-end charitable contributions. Donations are tax deductible and can be made by check, credit card or PayPal. ATFL was created to provide financial support to Thoroughbreds that are not wanted after their racing and breeding careers are over. Your donation will help save them from possible slaughter and neglect and allow these equine athletes to transition into second careers.

::: How to Apply for 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’s Monthly Emergency Funds are awarded to equine organizations each month of the year based on our budget. If you are interested in applying, please review our Guidelines and follow the instructions.

::: Emergency Funds :::

CANTER New England worked miracles to rehome the horses at Suffolk Downs when they were told the track was closing. They took two horses, Sun Bear and Romancing the Gold, into their program from a trainer. Sun Bear is a 7 year old stallion that earned $142k in 57 starts. He raced at Turfway Park, Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Arlington Park, Ellis Park and Suffolk Downs. Sun Bear’s foster has adopted him. He is in good
physical condition with no significant limitations for a second career. ATFL will provide funds for his gelding, equine exam and x-rays.

Romancing the Gold earned $264k in 30 starts. “Romeo” raced at ten racetracks in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Maryland and at Suffolk Downs. He is being evaluated as he is exhibiting symptoms they cannot yet pin point while ruling out other symptoms with tests. Once healed Romeo will be able to pursue a low-stress career. ATFL will provide fund for his x-rays, antibiotics for an ear infection and chiropractic work on his neck.

Thoroughbred Athletes in Oklahoma took in two OTTBs from Remington Park that have bone chips. Stickrossmountain is a 7 year old gelding who had 7 wins from 28 starts earning $218k. He raced at three tracks in Oklahoma, Remington Park, Will Rogers and Fair Meadows as well as Lone Star in Texas. He had his surgery and is being hand walked. Stickrossmountain is a candidate for dressage or low level hunter after he heals. Mampo won 1 race in 13 tries earning $7k. He is a 4 year old gelding who also raced at the same tracks as Stickrossmountain. With a successful surgery and rehabilitation, Mampo can be a dressage or hunter horse. ATFL will provide funds for both horses to have surgery.

Transitions Thoroughbreds in Canada has 12 OTTBs that were bred and/or raced in the United States. They were bred in Kentucky, West Virgina, New Jersey and Florida. They raced at Tampa Bay, Monmouth Park, Charlestown, Penn National, Santa Anita, Hollywood Park and Del Mar. Only one horse was donated to the rescue while all the others were rescued from auction. Snappy Cat Diamond, Capi and Max, Mystamy, Reiki and friends will benefit from the hay, grain and shavings provided by ATFL.

ReRun stepped up to take Rich Hero, 9 year old racing warrior with $248k in earnings. He found himself homeless when Suffolk Downs race track closed. Rich Hero earned his retirement as he raced a total of 63 times in Kentucky, Florida, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and Massachusetts. The vet believes Rich Hero will be sound for low level dressage and hunter, western pleasure and trail riding. ATFL will provide funds for his shipping, farrier, dental, vaccinations, medication and board.

ReRun also accepted Marco Be Good into their program. Marco had originally retired to Old Friends earlier in the year yet he was not ready to officially retire. He is a great candidate for adoption. Marco Be Good, a 12 year old gelding, earned over $500k in 85 starts. Some of the tracks he raced at are Woodbine, PARX, Monmouth Park, Penn National, Delaware Park and Suffolk Downs. Marco is sound for low level dressage, hunter under saddle, western pleasure and trail riding. ATFL will provide funds for his shipping, farrier, dental, vaccinations, medication and board.

::: Merchandise :::

After the Finish Line’s custom caps are available in four colors; green and pink, black and stone at the ATFL Store link on our website. 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, www.afterthefinishline.org. All proceeds benefit the rescue, rehabilitation and re-training of Off Track Thoroughbreds. They cost only $20 + $5 shipping. Show your support for the horses by purchasing an After the Finish Line cap.

 

Sincerely,


dawn mellen

Dawn Mellen, President/Founder
After the Finish Line
10153 Riverside Drive
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
www.afterthefinishline.org
dawn@afterthefinishline.org