Amie's Dini works towards the Kentucky Oaks.

Amie's Dini works towards the Kentucky Oaks.

Anne M. Eberhardt

Amie's Dini Has Initial Work at Churchill

Kentucky Oaks-bound daughter of Bandini covered four furlongs in :50 2/5.

Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) hopeful Amie's Dini worked for the first time over the Churchill Downs track April 22. Trained by Ron Moquette, the daughter of Bandini covered four furlongs in :50 2/5. She was ridden by Jon Court, who will also be aboard for the Oaks.

“I was very pleased with her work,” said Moquette. “I wanted a little something to keep her happy until it’s time to do her serious work next week.”

Amie’s Dini recorded fractions of :13.40, :25.80, and :37.80 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:04. The work ranked 22nd of 33 at the distance April 22.

“I told Jon to go about :51, so that’s about as good as you can get,” Moquett added. “As long as she comes out of this work fine, we’ll be good to go.”

Amie’s Dini is owned by Lou Sutterfield and Mike Walker, who bought her for just $3,000 at the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale from Paramount Sales, agent. The two owners are based in Oklahoma, where Walker owns a car lot.

The filly, who is named after Walker’s granddaughter, has raced nearly all her starts at Oaklawn Park, where she won the Feb. 11 Martha Washington Stakes and finished second in the March 10 Honeybee (gr. III) and April 11 Fantasy (gr. II). Bred in Kentucky by Dell Ridge Farm, Amie’s Dini has an overall record of 3-3-1 from seven starts, for earnings of $183,896.

“She’s always ready for a challenge,” said Moquette. “She’s more than willing to give her best. There are a lot of horses that never live up to their potential due to their lack of desire. But she’s a horse that will give you everything she’s got.”