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Fundraiser works to save racehorses

DEL MAR — Tickets are now available for the After the Finish Line 2011 annual charity fundraiser, A Tribute to the Majesty of Thoroughbreds, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Del Mar Hilton Hotel, 15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Tickets for the fundraising event, which includes a reception, entertainment, silent and live auctions and dinner, are $135 per person, $1,350 per table of 10, and may be purchased by calling (858) 945-1371 or by e-mailing
After the Finish Line, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, is dedicated to helping rescued Thoroughbred horses that can no longer race or breed. It provides funding to rescue organizations in California and throughout the United States who save, rehabilitate and care for these talented horses so they can transition into a second career. Without the financial assistance of After the Finish Line, many of these ex-racers might otherwise be sent to slaughter because they are injured, too slow to win or not producing quality foals.
“These talented horses deserve the opportunity to transition and excel in second careers such as hunter/jumpers, dressage, trail, therapy and companion horses,” said Dawn Mellen, founder and president of After the Finish Line. “More and more people are becoming aware of the cruel fate that awaits many of these beautiful thoroughbreds. After the Finish Line will be a voice for thoroughbred horses that are not supported when their racing careers are over.”
In addition to attending the Aug. 4 fundraiser, those who wish to support the efforts of After the Finish Line, may also consider donating in-kind items, gift cards or services for the silent or live auctions. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
For further information, visit or call (858) 945-1371.