A Tribute to the Majesty of Thoroughbreds

After the Finish Line hosted their Annual Charity Fundraiser, "A Tribute to the Majesty of Thoroughbreds", on August 5th in Del Mar, CA. The evening started with a reception and silent auction followed by our live auction, dinner, pledge session and speaker.

" The greatest victory for a Thoroughbred is not winning a race, but winning the race to live long past their days on the racetrack."   
~ Dawn Mellen

After the Finish Line, www.afterthefinishline.org, is a funding non-profit dedicated to saving, rehabilitating and caring for rescued Thoroughbred horses who can no longer race or breed. The funding we award can be used to save horses at auctions, pay for surgery or medical expenses, provide hay and feed, pay boarding expenses, or transport a Thoroughbred to safety. These talented horses, if given the opportunity, can transition and excel in second careers such as hunter/jumpers, dressage, trail, therapy or companion horses.

We raised over $50,000 to help the Thoroughbreds. Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg served as our auctioneer and speaker. Our guests included racetrack announcer Trevor Denman, jockeys, horse owners and trainers, racing fans, those who own ex-racers and those who care about the welfare of the horses.

We are extremely greatly for the donations to our live auction that included a seat at the World Poker Tour (WPT) Invitational Tournament, a day in a luxury suite at the Del Mar racetrack and artwork by Thoroughbred artist Fred Stone.

We hold our fundraiser during the Del Mar race meet to bring awareness to the issues faced by the Thoroughbred ex-racehorses. These horses may be too slow to win or they were injured while racing. With retraining and time off to heal their injuries they can be become someone's best friend. They race for the enjoyment of the fans. Let's give back a portion of our winning tickets to the Thoroughbreds who are not supported when their racing careers are over.

So far this year After the Finish Line has awarded over $40,000 to 25 rescue organizations helping over 100 Thoroughbred ex-racehorses. With your support we are able to give them a better life. Board members do not receive any compensation. We are all volunteers. After the Finish Line is a voice for the Thoroughbred ex-racehorses. Please join our efforts, www.afterthefinishline.org. Contact Dawn Mellen at dawn@afterthefinishline.org or (858) 945-1371.