Rancho Santa Fe

Charity provides future for retired racehorses

DEL MAR — This summer, After the Finish Line will host four fundraisers and awareness events in support of ex-racehorses. The line-up includes “A Tribute to the Majesty of Thoroughbreds” July 26, “Charity of the Month” at En Fuego Cantina & Grill in Del Mar, the After the Finish Line Thoroughbred Series Horse Show Aug. 15 and Aug. 16 and Pacificfest Aug. 25.The group’s biggest and most important fundraiser of the year, “A Tribute to the Majesty of Thoroughbreds” will be from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 26 at the Hilton Hotel in Del Mar to raise money to help thoroughbred ex-racehorses. The evening will include a reception with entertainment, silent and live auctions and dinner. The Master of Ceremonies will be Dan Cohen, KFMB Morning News Anchor, plus guest speakers Laffit Pincay, Jr., Hall of Fame jockey and Laffit Pincay, III, NBC Sports and HRTV Host. For ticket information, or to sponsor, donate auction items or volunteer, contact Dawn Mellen at dawn@afterthefinishline.org or (858) 945-1371.After the Finish Line has been designated as the August Charity of the Month at En Fuego Cantina & Grill, 1342 Camino Del Mar. On Aug. 8, En Fuego will donate $1 to ATFL for every “Finish Line Margarita” sold as After the Finish Line takes over the restaurant for a party called, “A Fiesta for the Horses.” In addition, from 6 p.m. to midnight, 10 percent of all restaurant sales will be donated to ATFL.

Next up is the After the Finish Line Thoroughbred Series Horse Show, Aug. 15 and Aug. 16. Off the Track Thoroughbreds are invited to take part in the After the Finish Line Thoroughbred Series at the Del Sol Classic Horse Show at Del Mar Show Park. Off the Track Thoroughbreds compete in Hunter and Jumper classes in the horse show arena for $1,000 in prize money. The show demonstrates how OTTB’s can transition and excel in second careers when their racing days are over. Bring your equine into the After the Finish Line Winner’s Circle. Stop by our booth to learn more about ex-racehorses.

Finally will be Pacificfest, Aug. 25, the night before the $1 million Pacific Classic horse race. The Pacificfest party will be held in the village of Del Mar at the Law Offices of Bing I. Bush, Jr. Entry is a recommended minimum donation of $10 to After the Finish Line. Dance the night away as the band plays from 6:30 to 10 p.m. plus Mexican food. Bring your favorite wine or Mexican beer. After the Finish Line’s fundraiser will host a silent auction. Donations of items, services and gift cards are welcome.

After the Finish Line, afterthefinishline.org, is an all volunteer 501 (c) 3 funding non-profit dedicated to the welfare of thoroughbred horses that can no longer race or breed. We provide year round funding to rescue organizations save, rehabilitate and re-train these talented horses for a second career off the racetrack. In 2011, we funded 70 rescue organizations helping more than 300 horses.