Our Owner of the Month award winner for October is Kathy Lindsay, part owner of Maid In Milan. Kathy told us this about her Maid:
The story behind Maid in Milan (Mia) is a happy one. Scott Westover asked a group of ladies if they were interested in ownership of a tried mare he was considering purchasing. We’re from all over Australia and I personally hadn’t met or heard of any of them.
As a lady’s horse Mia has pink colours with chevrons so that they align with Scotty’s stable styling. Mia had moved through 2-3 trainers before arriving in Alice Springs and she wasn’t much better there so he sent her to Kristi Evans, who found some old injuries to her neck amongst other things, she’d probably always had a headache.
She’s had a great deal of pulse treatment and manipulation sometimes under sedation as her neck and hamstrings were painful. She had so much care and attention from Kristi and her staff and Justin Potter and a few months later, first start back at Morphettville and we have a happy mare, she was excited and on her toes in the mounting yard, and she ran a wonderful race. She’s pulled up well and was bouncing around her paddock at Meadows like a 2yo!
As for the lady’s ownership, we’ve become a tight knit and bonded group of Aussie women who are now great mates. COVID isolation doesn’t matter to us because we’ve only ever talked on the phone or via our Mia messenger group! My horses are usually with the Balfour stable but I am very impressed with Kristi’s stable and her staff.
Maid In Milan started with Joe Pride at Warwick Farm winning her maiden at Bathurst before transferring to Mitchell Beer with whom she picked up a races at Corowa and Gundagai. She then moved to Scott Westover at Alice Springs. As often happens she did not seem to appreciate the Northern Territory dirt.
The transfer to Adelaide has so far yielded a city win and third from four starts. Her record sits at 22 starts for 4 wins, one second and 4 thirds and stakes of $83,000. Her new owners have already earned $26,000 from her 6 starts in the new ownership.
She is by Master Of Design from Lady Dormello who is a General Nediym mare. Lady Dormello won one race and ran four seconds in 13 starts with a modest return of $16,000. Coincidently her first foal (also by Master Of Design) has made his way to Adelaide – he races as Masterati. He also started his career with Joe Pride before heading to Queensland with Stephen O’Dea and is now in Adelaide with Grant Young. Of his 6 wins, three have been with Grant where he has amassed $55,000. Half-brother Address Melbourne (by Puissance De Lune) shows promise having won 2 from 6 in Victoria.
Maid In Milan’s granddam is Tycoon Milly (by Last Tycoon) she won three races in a short career and has produced Empress Milly (by Stratum) winner of 5 races and $176,000, Zebrinz (By Sebring) winner of 6 and almost $600,00 and Scoliaro (by Congrats) winner of $114,000 who has been exported to France as a broodmare.
We wish Kathy and the rest of the ladies the best of luck with Maid In Milan.