Grace Hall, Broadway's Alibi Arrive for Oaks 138

The Fantasy Stakes (GII) runner-up Amie’s Dini galloped 1 ½ miles this morning for trainer Ron Moquett, the third trainer who has been part of the filly’s development. She began her career with Bernell Rhone in Oklahoma last fall and was conditioned by Kellyn Gorder in her first Churchill attempt in October.

 “I was happy to get her in our barn and she keeps improving,” Moquett said. “All the guys who trained her before me had a hand in her being what she is today. I give them credit, too.”

Grace Hall, Broadway's Alibi, Hard Not to Like to Arrive Tuesday; Stephanie's Kitten to Edgewood on Oaks Undercard

The $3,000 rags-to-riches story of the 2012 Oaks lineup Amie’s Dini jogged a mile and galloped 1 3/8 miles this morning after the renovation break following a day off Sunday. Arkansas-based trainer Ron Moquett said the morning’s warmer temperatures were right up their alley.

"We’re from the South,” he joked. “We live for the heat.”

Co-owner Mike Walker was on hand this morning to watch his star filly and noted, “This filly has been a real thrill. Up to this point, she really hasn’t been pushed on at all.”

Believe You Can Works in the Mud; In Lingerie to Bypass Oaks for Black-Eyed Susan

The Martha Washington winner Amie’s Dini walked the shedrow today following Saturday’s five-furlong workout in 1:05.40. “Full speed ahead now,” trainer Ron Moquett said now that her serious training is complete. “It’s our job to keep her happy between now and Friday.”

Moquett orchestrated a 96-1 upset in the 2006 Stephen Foster (GI) at Churchill Downs with Seek Gold, and appreciates the chance to be back in the limelight.

Four Fillies Turn in Major Works at Churchill Downs for Oaks

Mike Walker and Lou Sutterfield’s Amie’s Dini, working in company with the 3-year-old maiden Cahoots, worked five furlongs in 1:05.40 under jockey Jon Court.

Cahoots, ridden by Greta Kuntzweiler, broke a length in front with Amie’s Dini finishing in front at the finish. Fractions for the work were :14, :27.20, :40.80, :53.20 and out in 1:18.40.

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On Fire Baby, Sacristy Turn in Seven Furlong Works at Churchill; Hard Not to Like Works at Woodbine

Mike Walker and Lou Sutterfield’s Amie’s Dini galloped 1 ½ miles around the Churchill Downs oval prior to the renovation break Friday. Trainer Ron Moquett said the dark bay daughter of Bandini, who was most recently second behind Mamma Kimbo in the Fantasy (GII) at Oaklawn Park, is scheduled to work Saturday under Jon Court, who will have the mount in the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (GI).

Kentucky Oaks 138 Update with Jill Byrne 4.27.12

On Fire Baby, Oaks Lily, Yara Slated for Friday Works

Mike Walker and Lou Sutterfield’s Amie’s Dini galloped 1 7/8 miles under Laura Moquett during the 15-minute period following the renovation break from 8:30-8:45 a.m. (all times Eastern) when the track is reserved for training by Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and Kentucky Oaks (GI) contenders.

Trainer Ron Moquett said Amie’s Dini, second behind Mamma Kimbo in the Fantasy (GII), will work Friday or Saturday depending on the weather and condition of the track.

Mamma Kimbo out of Oaks, Sacristy now in

Undefeated Mamma Kimbo has been withdrawn from consideration for next Friday's Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.

The bay daughter of Discreet Cat was scheduled to start in the nine-furlong contest off a 1 1/4-length victory in the Grade 2 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park on April 11. Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, Mamma Kimbo opened her career on February 18 at Santa Anita, taking her maiden debut by 5 1/4 lengths.

With Mamma Kimbo out, Grade 3 scorer Sacristy has been thrown in the mix for mutual owner John Fort's Peachtree Venture.

Nineteen Chefs Confirmed for Third Annual 'Taste of Derby' on Thursday, May 3

The hottest new Kentucky Derby party continues to heat up as 19 top international chefs announce their menu offerings and wine pairings for the third annual Taste of Derby – the Official Kentucky Derby Party of Churchill Downs. At this celebration of cuisine and racing on Thursday, May 3, the eve of the Kentucky Oaks, guests will mingle with horse racing and Hollywood celebrities and savor exquisite cuisine and delectable wines from racing destinations across the country as internationally-renowned chefs serve samples of their regional specialties.

Oaks Hopeful Colonial Empress Works; Karlovy Vary Returns to Churchill Downs

Mike Walker and Lou Sutterfield’s Amie’s Dini, runner-up in the Honeybee (Grade III) and Fantasy (GII) at Oaklawn Park for trainer Ron Moquett, galloped 1 ½ miles under Laura Moquett during the 15-minute period following the renovation break from 8:30-8:45 a.m. (all times Eastern) when the track is reserved for training by Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum Brands (GI) and Kentucky Oaks (GI) contenders.

Two Baffert Hopefuls Work Toward Oaks; Strong Gallop for On Fire Baby

Mike Walker and Lou Sutterfield’s Amie’s Dini, runner-up in the Honeybee (Grade III) and Fantasy (GII) at Oaklawn Park for trainer Ron Moquett, walked onto the Churchill Downs track when it opened at 5:45 a.m. (all times Eastern) Tuesday and jogged once around the one-mile oval under Laura Moquett.

Believe You Can Breezes Bullet Five Eighths; Baffert Duo to Work Tuesday

Mike Walker and Lou Sutterfield’s Amie’s Dini, second behind Mamma Kimbo in the Fantasy (Grade II) at Oaklawn Park, walked the shedrow of trainer Ron Moquett’s barn at Churchill Downs the morning after working four furlongs in :50.40.

Amie's Dini Breezes; Believe You Can Set for Monday Work

Mike Walker and Lou Sutterfield’s Amie’s Dini, runner-up in both the Honeybee (Grade III) and Fantasy (GII) at Oaklawn Park, continued her preparations for the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (GI) with a four- furlong breeze after the renovation break on the fast Churchill Downs track Sunday morning in :50.40 for trainer Ron Moquett.

On Fire Baby, Summer Applause Breeze in Prep for Kentucky Oaks

Anita Cauley’s homebred On Fire Baby, a leading contender for the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) , breezed seven furlongs on a fast track Friday morning at Churchill Downs in 1:26.80 for trainer Gary Hartlage.

Working under regular rider Joe Johnson at 6:20 a.m. (ET), On Fire Baby recorded fractions of :13, :25, :37.40, :49.80, 1:01.80 and 1:14.40 and galloped out a mile in 1:40.20 and 1 1/8 miles in 1:54.80. It was the faster of two seven-furlong works Friday.

Princess Arabella retired with injury

Peachtree Stable's undefeated Princess Arabella, who would have been a major contender in the Kentucky Oaks, has been retired due to injury.

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert revealed the news on HRTV Thursday.

"Unfortunately, Princess Arabella came back with a small soft tissue problem that was going to need six or seven months off, so we decided in her best interest to retire her," Baffert said.

Baffert added that Princess Arabella has "a little ligament damage," and that she's not lame, but would be unlikely to be able to compete at the same high level again.

Churchill Downs' On-Track Box Office Now Open

Churchill Downs has opened its on-site ticket office for convenient walk-up purchase of tickets for the upcoming April 28-July 1 Spring Meet that include general admission tickets to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) and Kentucky Oaks (GI); a limited number of tickets for seating in Section 125 that include on-site hospitality in the Infield Club on either Derby or Oaks Day; and the third annual “Taste of Derby” party on Thursday, May 3.

Trio of Late Nominees to Kentucky Oaks 138

The 138th running of Churchill Downs’ $1 million Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), America’s premier races for 3-year-old fillies, attracted a trio of late nominees for its 138th running at Churchill Downs on Friday, May 4.

Mamma Kimbo runs away with Fantasy

Last year, Peachtree Stable and Bob Baffert saddled Plum Pretty to a gutsy neck victory in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, and those connections could make a repeat visit to the Churchill Downs winner's circle on May 4 after Mamma Kimbo posted a 1 1/4-length score in Wednesday's Grade 2, $300,000 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

Late Nominations to Kentucky Oaks Due Wednesday, April 11

Late nominations for the 138th running of the $1 million-guaranteed Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies, and the 26th running of the $500,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (GI), one of the nation’s top races for older turf stars and a fixture on the Kentucky Derby Day schedule, are due in the Churchill Downs racing office by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern) on Wednesday, April 11.