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.
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).
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.
Undefeated Mamma Kimbo has been withdrawn from consideration for next Friday's Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Alex J. Campbell Jr.'s homebred Karlovy Vary was doing well on Sunday, the day after she scored a front-running win in the 75th running of the Grade 1 Ashland at odds of 15-1. Her next target is the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks on May 4 at Churchill Downs.
"That's where she'll go as long as everything is good," trainer Rusty Arnold said.
E. Paul Robsham Stables' homebred Broadway's Alibi ran to her even-money odds on Saturday when wiring the Grade 3, $250,000 Comely Stakes at Aqueduct by 3 1/2 lengths. The Todd Pletcher trainee took the lead soon after the start and set splits of :23 3/5, :47 1/5 and 1:11 3/5 before finishing up a mile on the fast main track in 1:36 2/5 under jockey Javier Castellano.
Alex G. Campbell Jr.'s homebred Karlovy Vary was sent off the second longest shot on the board at 15-1 in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Ashland Stakes, but that didn't stop the Rusty Arnold pupil from leading all the way home under jockey James Graham. The bay miss paid out $32.80, $11.60 and $5.60 to her faithful backers when completing 1 1/16 miles on Keeneland's Polytrack in 1:44 4/5.
Mamma Kimbo unexpectedly fired in a big way in her February 18 debut at Santa Anita, but it will be no great surprise if she replicates that fine showing in Wednesday's Grade 2, $300,000 Fantasy at Oaklawn Park. The 1 1/16-mile test for three-year-old fillies, a potential tune-up for the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, kicks off Oaklawn's annual Racing Festival of the South, which has been condensed this year into the final four days of the 2012 meet.