TRAINER MIKE JOINER
- Won the 2006 Ed Burke with Fdd Dynasty
- Won the 2007 Go Man Go with Fdd Dynasty
- Won the 2007 Governor's Cup Derby with Fdd Dynasty
- Won the 2007 Heritage Place Derby with Valiant Hero
- Won the 2008 La Primera Del Ano Derby with Forgive Him
Over the past three to four years, Joiner has risen in status in the world of Quarter Horse racing. The native of Seymour, Texas, a town in North Texas near Wichita Falls, Joiner credits the support of his family and the fine racing stock that his owners have provided him for his success.
"We are a family run operation," said the trainer, who bases his operation at Sunland Park. "My sons, Cody and Justin, help me out with the horse, in fact my oldest son Cody runs the stable in California, while my wife Linda does just about everything there is to do with the horses. We feel we are hard workers and we believe that hard work pays off. But in horse racing, you can be the hardest worker in the world but without quality horse we couldn't get the job done. We are fortunate that some great owners have noticed us over the years. They've given us some outstanding horses to work with."
Joiner's stable is currently headed by FDD Dynasty and Fishers Tale. FDD Dynasty won the 2006 Ed Burke Million Futurity in impressive style against a field that included All American Futurity No Secrets Here.
Joiner grew up watching his grandfather work with horses at the family ranch. The ranch had a match-racing track, which hosted friendly competitions twice a month. Joiner grew up loving the fast paced action of Quarter Horse racing and by the age of 11 he was piloting winners in his grandfathers' backyard.
"I did that until I graduated high school. I then went to work for trainer Leo Wood, who won an All American Futurity (Pie In The Sky in 1979) and a couple of big races. Without a doubt, I learned a great deal from Leo."
Joiner's operation has gone national this year, as the trainer has a stable wherever rich Quarter Horse races are being run. The trainer knows that the million dollar futurities at Los Alamitos will keep him coming back for more in years to come.