Should Midday News (10-1) upset the favorites in the $958,766 Ruidoso Derby on Saturday you will probably hear it first from the Turf Club.
That where a group of lady friends led by Linda Joiner will be screaming with excitement to watch and cheer on their runner Midday News as number-ten on the outside of a prestigious field in the Derby.
The group calls themselves the “Lucky Ladies”.
“We’re so excited to be in the race,” Holly King said in the barn this week standing beside Midday News. “It’s an incredible experience to be in such a huge race.”
The fivesome that make up the ownership of the horse, Joiner, King, along with Patsy Smith, Izora Southway and Kelly Allen agreed to get into the partnership together by purchasing Midday News as a yearling at the Ruidoso Select Sale in the fall of 2017.
“This way you can own a share of a racehorse and split the expenses five ways, which makes it much more reasonable financially,” Joiner said. “When we purchased the horse we all agreed that we were in this for one reason only–to have fun—that’s the only reason to share horse ownership among
Joiner said all five participants in the partnership agreed to let Linda’s husband Mike train Midday News and make the major decisions about the horse’s career. There have already been a few along the way.
“Our horse caught an eye infection last season and can basically see only shadows out of his right eye,” Izora Southway said. “We think he’s performed exceptionally well given that his eyesight is an issue for him.”
Despite a “bobble” out of the gate in the derby trials May 26, Midday News ran up to finish third behind Danjer and Sumokeonthewater in his trial race. All three horses will race in the final on Saturday. Midday News would have to beat those two along last year’s All American champ Apocalyptical Jess and several other top three-year-olds to win the lion’s share of the prize money on Saturday.
“He’s done his job in making the finals,” Joiner said. “Now it’s the job of the lucky ladies to root him across the finish line.”