02/11/2012 6:46PM

Oaklawn Park: Amie's Dini ends Now I Know's streak in Martha Washington

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Amie's Dini takes the lead outside Now I Know in upper stretch of the Martha Washington.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Amie’s Dini handed Now I Know the first defeat of her career Saturday at Oaklawn Park, when she collared the six-time winner at the quarter pole and went on to a length and three-quarter win in the $75,000 Martha Washington. It was another 2 1/4 lengths back in third to Lulu Wong.

The Martha Washington was the first stakes in Oaklawn’s series for 3-year-old fillies that continues with the Grade 3, $125,000 Honeybee on March 10 and the Grade 2, $300,000 Fantasy on April 11.

Amie’s Dini ($8.40) broke on top in the one-mile Martha Washington, while Now I Know broke in, then darted out before gathering herself and shooting up the inside to take the lead. Amie’s Dini, meanwhile, settled back in second under Jon Court, and raced about a length off the pacesetter through fractions of 23.42 seconds for the opening quarter and 47.62 for the half-mile. Approaching the quarter pole, Amie’s Dini went after Now I Know, overtook her and pushed home to cover the distance on a fast track in 1:38.72.

The race was the first at two turns for Amie’s Dini, and her trainer, Ron Moquett, was hopeful she would handle the added distance demands Saturday.

“I was looking forward to the stretch run,” Moquett said. “I was looking forward to seeing how she did the extra quarter mile. I was somewhat confident that she would like the extra distance.”

The win was the first in a stakes for Amie’s Dini, who last month finished second to Now I Know in the $50,000 Dixie Belle at six furlongs at Oaklawn. Moquett said he will see how Amie’s Dini comes out of the race before any decisions are made on her next start. She earned $45,000 for her win Saturday for owners Mike Walker and Lou Sutterfield.

Amie’s Dini is a daughter of Bandini who has now won 3 of 5 starts and $98,896.

* Oaklawn drew an ontrack crowd of 14,816 on a 35 degree afternoon Saturday.