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October 2015

Dear Friends of After the Finish Line,

Everyday Thoroughbreds are entered in races at racetracks across the United States. They race in claiming races, allowance races and stakes races with purses that range from $2,000 to $5 million. The level of talent varies greatly from horse to horse. Yet each horse’s will to win is very similar. Thoroughbreds are purchased or claimed in hopes of making money for their owners. Yet, not every horse makes it to the Winners’ Circle or even hits the board to earn their keep. After the Finish Line encourages responsible horse ownership. We will be a funding source for the rescue and retirement organizations for Thoroughbreds that are not supported after their racing or breeding careers are over. Please donate to help the Off Track Thoroughbreds.




After the Finish Line has partnered with ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption to create Moneighs® to raise funds for the Off Track Thoroughbreds. A Moneigh is an abstract, water color painting created by a horse. They have become known as the official horse paintings of the Thoroughbred racing industry, in part because the name “Moneigh” is trademarked. These unique paintings have been created by more than 200 Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes and Breeders’ Cup winners and racers, Stakes raced horses and the most popular stallions and broodmares in the country.

The Moneighs are sold and auctioned on eBay. Prints are available for sale that includes American Pharoah, California Chrome, Zenyatta, Cigar and Storm Cat. Note cards are also available. The original Moneigh paintings are auctioned throughout the year. We have two upcoming auctions: Breeders’ Cup ~ Win Place Show, October 25 – November 1 and a Breeding Farm Holiday auction, November 27 – December 6.


One Last Race

After the Finish Line is one of the participating charities of the, “One Last Race”, a 5K running race and fun walk to benefit the Off Track Thoroughbreds. Racers will run on a .5 mile historic racetrack and through the beautiful trails of the Preserve. There is also a “Road to Retirement” fun walk! A Thoroughbred racehorse should not have to run “One Last Race” when they are ready to retire from racing. We are going to run the last race for the horses and raise money to help them transition off the racetrack and into a second career.

Join us on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 2:00 pm at the Dupage County Forest Preserve in Wheaton, Illinois. Be there in person, in spirit or by making a donation to support the event.

The race takes place on the former estate of Daniel Rice and his wife, Ada, racehorse enthusiasts who bred champion Thoroughbreds. In 1965, the Rice’s made their mark at the Kentucky Derby with a bay colt named Lucky Debonair. It was jockey Willie Shoemaker who rode across the wire in a neck-to-neck finish for the win and an $112,000 purse. One year later, Advocator, another bay colt and Rice Thoroughbred, placed second in the Derby.


After the Finish Line awarded Monthly Emergency Funds to 6 organizations in October helping 29 Off Track Thoroughbreds. One organization, Another Chance Equine Rescue, requested funding for My Truly Fair, Cash Advance, Speak the Word, Bubbalewski and Guns and Knives. Their horses raced at Thistledowns, Mountaineer and Kentucky Downs earning between $10k - $55k. They range in age from 6 – 25 years old. ATFL will provide funds to pay their medical bills that included colic, lameness exams, x-rays and ultrasound plus help with hay for the winter months.

Square Peg Foundation, a therapeutic riding facility, was concerned about the condition of Gigi, who was their first program horse. Gigi was an unbroken horse that shipped to Golden Gate Fields from Washington to be trained for racing. She damaged her tendon in a workout and was donated to Square Peg. Gigi has carried hundreds of children in her second career and is the cornerstone of the program. Gigi recently began acting listless, was losing weight and has been sweating and panting. Antibiotics and supportive nutrition was helping but is not a cure. The vet recommended having a full abdominal ultrasound and thoracic x-rays to check for tumors, gut stones, etc. and a full blood panel to check her liver and kidney function. ATFL will provide funding for these procedures.

Virgin Islands Horse Rescue & Retirement cares for 5 Off Track Thoroughbreds that once raced at the St. Thomas Horse Race Track. Their horses, Tigerglider and Formal King were foaled in Florida. Shackles N Chains, Khun Dan, and Eastern Seaboard were foaled in Kentucky. These horses once raced at Suffolk Downs Gulfstream Park, Tampa Bay, Del Mar, Hollywood Park, Santa Anita, Belmont, or Aqueduct. They were shipped to the Virgin Islands to continue to race. The best homes for their horses are found by partnering with organizations in Florida. Until money can be raised to ship them back to the mainland, ATFL will provide funding for one month’s supply of hay and grain

Transitions Thoroughbreds has seven Off Track Thoroughbreds that raced in the United States plus one that became a broodmare after her racing career. Of these eight, six were bred in the United States. Jerry’s Connection, Reiki, Bonding, Mystamy, I’m the New Guy, Run for Tammy, Bomarc and Rocky Power were all saved from an auction. They raced at Tampa Bay Downs, Monmouth Park, Meadowlands, Fort Erie, the Fair Grounds or Woodbine earning $1,800 - $98k. ATFL will provide funds for 2 months of hay and grain, as well as farrier trims and wormers.

ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption took a horse name Switchfoot into their program. Switchfoot is a 3 year old by Curlin who sold for $155k as a yearling. He never raced because he broke down in training injuring his front suspensory branch. ATFL will fund 3 months of full rehab board, cold laser therapy treatments, front shoes and an ultrasound procedure.

Beyond The Roses Equine Rescue & Retirement cares for Givelivelove, Molly’s Gold, Teton Pass, Best Gamble, Karakorum, Conquest, D Great Mr. Bulla, It’s Raining Gold and Nurse Merf. All the horses but Teton Pass were purchased from a kill buyer and saved from slaughter. TeTon Pass was saved by his breeder and sent to the rescue. They earned $550 - $140k. Givelivelove is unraced and Nurse Merf is 26 years old. These horses raced at Detroit Race Course, Birmingham Turf, Tampa Bay Downs, Charlestown, Thistledowns, Fort Erie, Mountaineer, Timonium, Penn National, Hoosier Park or Indiana Downs. ATFL will provide funds for one month board.


::: How to apply for Monthly Emergency Funds :::

After the Finish Line awards Monthly Emergency Funds to help financially support Off Track Thoroughbreds, Thoroughbreds in training but never raced, Thoroughbred foals and Thoroughbred broodmares and stallions used for breeding. ATFL provides funding to organizations whose mission is to save, rehabilitate, re-train and adopt the horses for a second career or retirement. We fund between 2 – 6 organizations every month. Please contact to request our Guidelines.


::: After the Finish Line Caps :::

Support After the Finish Line by purchasing our caps. Our custom designed canvas caps have an adjustable metal clasp and come in four colors: pink, green, stone and black. ATFL caps feature our colorful racing logo, website and service mark, “A 501 (c) 3 funding non-profit for rescued Thoroughbred ex-racehorses.” All proceeds benefit the rescue, rehabilitation and re-training of Off Track Thoroughbreds. Our caps cost only $20 + $5 shipping. Visit the ATFL Store page on our website to order.




dawn mellen

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