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July 2016

Dear Friends of After the Finish Line,

After the Finish Line has been funding aftercare organizations since 2007. Thank you for supporting our efforts to help the Off Track Thoroughbreds. Each month we are called upon to help horses in need. Because of your financial support we are able to help more horses.

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

After the Finish Line awards Monthly Emergency Funds every month of the year to support Off Track Thoroughbreds, Thoroughbreds in training but never raced, Thoroughbred foals and Thoroughbred broodmares and stallions used for breeding. We work with aftercare organizations across the United States that save, rehabilitate, retrain and re-home these horses for a second career or retirement. The funding can be used to pay the following expenses: saving horses at auctions, surgery or medical, farrier, dental or vet, hay and feed, boarding or transportation. Please contact to let us know your funding needs.

::: Monthly Emergency Funds :::

Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary in Arizona cares for 13 Off Track Thoroughbreds. Over the years, After the Finish Line has been supporting this organization by awarding funds for their farrier expenses. ATFL will provide funds for the next two farrier trims for each of their Thoroughbreds.

Bella, Bently, Chianti, Guess, Heighten, The Iron Man, M’Stor, Hidden River, and Slayer are all part of the Equine Experience Program at the rescue. This program teaches horsemanship and the psychology, physiology, spiritual and emotional benefits of horses. Both children and adults learn valuable lessons from the horses as their teachers. Hard Bourbon, Borracho Dan, Hudson and Suze are simply retired.

Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation in Oklahoma took six horses into their rescue since February. Southern Tiger, Air Ride Jones, Princess Yeymi, Ifyouwinyougetmore, Fablous Flaw and C’Mon Dooley came to the rescue for various reasons. After the Finish Line will provide funding for both hay and feed.

Ifyouwinyougetmore and C’Mon Dooley arrived with knee injuries from racing. Fabulous Flaw never made it to the track. Princess Yeymi’s didn’t have the talent to race. Southern Tiger, at age 9, didn’t want to race anymore. Air Ride Jones retired due to breathing issues. They were all bred in Oklahoma with the exception of Air Ride Jones, who was bred in Texas, and Ifyouwinyougetmore was bred in Kentucky. Southern Tiger earned the most money at $105,878. These horses can transition into second careers that include jumpers, trail, barrel racing, dressage and hunters.

Saving Gracie Horse Rescue in Florida was asked to take a broodmare into their program. When they picked up Harts for Meme, she was severely underweight and covered with rain rot. She had her last foal in June of 2015. Harts for Meme earned $15,000 in her racing career and last raced at Penn Nations in October 2012. With no injuries, she can transition into any second career. After the Finish Line provided three months of care that includes farrier, supplements, dental, alfalfa and grain.

Saving Gracie Horse Rescue also accepted Gunnery into their program. He was at Gulfstream Park where he last raced in April. Gunnery developed a large floating bone chip in his knee and requires surgery. This five year old gelding earned $23,000. After the Finish Line provided funds for his surgery.

Second Chance Thoroughbreds helped Quadruple Zero who was in training at the Finger Lakes Race Track. He didn’t have racing potential so he was advertised free to a good home. This 2 year old never raced. The rescue took him into their program and sent him to Cornell University for gelding surgery because he was a ridgling. Quadruple Zero can easily transition into dressage, hunter or pleasure riding horse. After the Finish Line provided funds for his surgery.

::: After the Finish Line received a grant for $12,000 in June :::

Last month After the Finish Line received a grant for $12,000 to save slaughter bound Off Track Thoroughbreds. We will work with a rescue organization each month through the end of the year to save the lives of 6 horses. This program is called, "TAKE ME HOME".

After the Finish Line worked with Omega Horse Rescue in Pennsylvania to save MOM'S DREAM. Kelly Young with Omega saw the worried look in the horse’s eye when it was standing in the kill pen and knew she had to save the horse. Mom's Dream is a 17 year old mare who earned $109,000 racing mostly in New York. After her racing career she became a broodmare. We understand she was then sold to another breeder and then "given away" as a riding horse. Yet, she hadn't been ridden in years, was underweight and her hooves were in poor condition. She eventually landed in the kill pen.

After the Finish Line provided funds to Omega Horse Rescue to purchase Mom's Dream from the kill pen and will pay for her farrier, dental, shots, hay, and grain. We will also provide funds for a minor surgery once she gains more weight. Omega believes it will take a few months to get Mom's Dream healthy again. At this point in her life, she will not transition into a second career. Instead she will be retired and become a human's best friend.



One Last Race

After the Finish Line was one of the benefitting charities of the One Last Race 5k Run/Walk in Wheaton, Illinois on June 18th. The race was held on the former estate of Daniel Rice who won the 1965 Kentucky Derby with his horse Lucky Debonair and finished second in the Kentucky Derby with Advocator the following year.

The One Last Race believes Thoroughbred racehorses should not have to run “one last race” when they are ready to retire. We are going to lace up our sneakers to run the last race for the horses and raise money to help them transition into a second career.

We thank the racing industry for supporting the running race. Racehorses, jockeys, owners, trainers, breeding farms and Off Track Thoroughbred owners supported the race by taking photos with the “I Joined the One Last Race” sign. Racehorses that supported the race included: Tapit, American Pharoah, Curlin, Zenyatta, California Chrome, Songbird, Smarty Jones and many, many more!

Pacific Classic Fundraisers

Join After the Finish Line on Saturday, August 20th for not just one, but two fundraisers!
Our first fundraiser is hosted at the Del Mar Race Track to celebrate the $1 million Pacific Classic. This is our 5th consecutive fundraiser in the Club House lobby under the famous Peb Bellocq mural. We will sell racing memorabilia and art by Fred Stone, Dania Sierra and Sue Ziegler. Also, items donated by the Daily Racing Form, Santa Anita, Keeneland, the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, the Kentucky breeding farms and more will be offered. This fundraiser is from 11 am – 5:30 pm.

Our second fundraiser on Saturday, August 20th is called PACIFICFEST and will be hosted in the seaside village of Del Mar, just up the street from the racetrack. There will be live music, dancing, a Mexican buffet and a silent auction. This fundraiser is from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Please RSVP by emailing


Thank you to the Breeding Farms, Trainers and Owners for donating halters to After the Finish Line. Follow our eBay store by clicking on the green “Follow” button so you never miss an auction. Our halter auctions raise money for the Off Track Thoroughbreds at aftercare organizations across the United States. The auctions are hosted at,

::: After the Finish Line Caps :::

Support After the Finish Line by purchasing our caps. Our custom designed canvas caps have an adjustable metal clasp. The available colors are green and pink. ATFL caps feature our colorful racing logo, website address 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 link on our website.



dawn mellen

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