Keyword: Corey Nakatani

  • Lava Man successfully defended his title in the Santa Anita Handicap.

    Lava Man Conquers Big 'Cap Again

    How amazing is Lava Man? Absolutely invincible in California over the past two seasons on turf and dirt, the 6-year-old gelding became the third horse in 70 years to win back-to-back runnings of the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) Saturday.

  • Noble Court (right) runs by Law Breaker on the way to a determined San Vicente win, Sunday at Santa Anita.

    Noble Court Holds Off Law Breaker in San Vicente

    Joy Ride Racing's odds-on favorite Noble Court was all out to do it, but under a strong-armed ride from Corey Nakatani they held off the determined closer Law Breaker to win the $150,000 San Vicente (gr. II) for 3-year-olds by a head at Santa Anita Sunday.

  • Jockey Corey Nakatani kisses Lava Man after their Sunshine Millions Turf win at Santa Anita.

    Lava Man Rolls On in Sunshine Millions Turf

    Lava Man, who was on the verge of Horse of the Year honors last year, kicked off his 2007 campaign with a sparkling two-length win in the $500,000 Sunshine Millions San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino Turf Saturday at Santa Anita.

  • Notional wins Saturday's San Rafael at Santa Anita.

    Zippy Notional Sews Up San Rafael

    Notional, sent off at odds of 3-5, proved a punctual four-length winner of Saturday's $150,000 San Rafael (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at one mile at Santa Anita Park.

  • Thor's Echo (far left) makes his move on the way to the win in the De Francis Dash.

    Thor's Echo Makes Case in De Francis Dash

    TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) champion Thor's Echo, racing in the Superman silks of Suarez Racing, made his case for a 2006 Eclipse Award, repelling a menacing challenge from the unlucky Diabolical to win the $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (gr. I) at Laurel Park Saturday.

  • Warning Zone wins the Generous Stakes, Friday at Hollywood Park.

    Whatsthescript, Warning Zone Take Generous Divisions

    Whatsthescript and Warning Zone, one-two finishers in the Pinjara a month ago at Santa Anita, validated that effort while rallying to win $75,000 divisions of the Generous Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 2-year-olds impressively on the Hollywood Park turf Friday.

  • Beautyandthebeast Provides Fairy Tale Close

    Favored Beautyandthebeast rallied between rivals in the stretch to take the lead and narrowly held off the furious charge of Clinet to win the $150,000 Las Palmas Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares Sunday as the Oak Tree meet ended at Santa Anita.

  • Illuminise wins the Harold C. Ramser, Sr. Handicap, Sunday at Oak Tree at Santa Anita.

    Illuminise Shows Way in Harold C. Ramser

    Illuminise gave Irish breds a sweep of Oak Tree's grass stakes for 3-year-olds this weekend when she captured the $100,000 Harold C. Ramser Sr. Handicap for 3-year-old fillies on Sunday at Santa Anita.

  • Valenzuela Hires Jim Pegram as Agent

    Jockey Patrick Valenzuela has hired veteran California agent Jim Pegram to handle his riding engagements, replacing Tom Knust, who will continue to maintain the business for Corey Nakatani.

  • Lava Man runs away from veteran field to post impressive Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap win.

    Lava Man Cements His Classic Credentials

    Odds-on choice Lava Man proved once again he's the class of the West Coast by winning his seventh straight race of the year with another convincing turn in Saturday's $500,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) during the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita.

  • Aragorn wins the Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    Aragorn Runs Rings Around Oak Tree BC Mile

    Aragorn tuned up for the NetJets' Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I) in one month with a smart win as the overwhelming favorite in Saturday's Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. II) on the turf at Santa Anita.

  • Cash Included hits the head of the stretch on the way to a win in the Oak Leaf Stakes, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    Cash Included Gets Oak Leaf BC Payday

    Cash Included, purchased privately by J. Paul Reddam after her maiden victory at Del Mar Sept. 2, left the 1-2 favorite Point Ashley in her wake to win the $247,000 Oak Leaf Breeders' Cup (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies Saturday at Oak Tree's Santa Anita meeting.

  • Nakatani Nears Release from Hospital

    Jockey Corey Nakatani, hospitalized with a virus infection since Tuesday, was reported to be in much better condition Friday morning by his agent.

  • Lava Man (near) noses past Ace Blue at the finish line to win his second consecutive Hollywood Gold Cup.

    Lava Man Noses Way Into History Books

    Lava Man, a former claiming horse, became the first runner since Native Diver in 1967 to win back-to-back editions of the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) when he won a heart-pounding finish by a nose Saturday over the longest shot in the field, Ace Blue.

  • Lava Man and Corey Nakatani win the Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap, Saturday at Hollywood Park.

    Lava Man Rocks in Whittingham Romp

    Trainer Doug O'Neill keeps throwing bigger challenges at the multi-dimensional Lava Man, but nothing seems to faze the 5-year-old California-bred gelding. Winner of both the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) and Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) in the last 11 months, Lava Man led gate to wire to register his first grade I win on the turf in the Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap at Hollywood Park.

  • Nakatani Reaches Milestone With 4 Winners

    Jockey Corey Nakatani rode four winners including Aragorn in the $321,000 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) to reach the 3,000-win mark Monday at Hollywood Park.

  • Aragorn Takes Ring in Shoemaker Mile

    Jockey Corey Nakatani earned his 2,999th career win Monday when he guided Ballygallon Stud's homebred Aragorn, the longest shot on the board, to victory in the $321,000 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) on the Hollywood Park turf.

  • Sharp Lisa and jockey Corey Nakatani  win the Santa Barbara Handicap, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    Sharp Lisa Nips Eternal Melody in 'Barbara

    There wasn't much speed signed up for Saturday's $200,000 Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIT), and jockey Corey Nakatani took full advantage to drive Sharp Lisa to a crafty front-running victory by a nose over Eternal Melody at 10 furlongs on the Santa Anita lawn.

  • Sun King charges from seventh in the stretch to win Commonwealth BC, Saturday at Keeneland.

    Sun King Conquers All in Commonwealth BC

    The turn-back in distance to seven furlongs did the trick for the slumping Sun King, who charged from seventh in the stretch to win Keeneland's $443,200 Commonwealth Breeders' Cup (gr. II) going away Saturday.

  • A.P. Warrior takes first race for new trainer with convincing San Felipe win.

    A.P. Warrior On Target for Shirreffs in 'Felipe

    Making his first start for last year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winning trainer John Shirreffs, overlooked A.P. Warrior came to life Saturday under jockey Corey Nakatani, turning back Point Determined late for a half-length victory in the $250,000 San Felipe (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita.

  • Lava Man and Corey Nakatani, outside, hold off Magnum to win the Santa Anita Handicap.

    Confidence Flows in Lava Man's Big 'Cap Win

    California-bred Lava Man, ridden with extreme confidence by Corey Nakatani, shook loose of favored High Limit on the far turn and defeated upset-minded Magnum to win the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) in a spectacular effort in front of nearly 50,000 fans Saturday.

  • Bailey's Former Agent to Represent Gomez

    Agent Ron Anderson, who formerly represented Jerry Bailey, and West Coast jockey Garrett Gomez announced their decision to work together Saturday after Gomez parted ways with Jim Pegram.

  • Lava Man and jockey Corey Nakatani win the Sunshine Millions Classic, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    Lava Man Returns to Life in 'Millions Classic

    The grade I winner Lava Man flashed his former brilliance with a sweeping 2 1/4-length victory in the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic to conclude the rich program for California and Florida-bred horses at Santa Anita Park Saturday.

  • Seven Entered in San Pasqual

    Turnbolt will attempt to successfully run farther than he ever has when the son of Deputy Minister starts in Saturday's grade II San Pasqual Handicap at 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita.

  • Relaxed Gesture Takes International In Stride

    With a stunning seven-wide move in early stretch, longshot Relaxed Gesture mowed down the field in Sunday's $2 million Pattison Canadian International (Can-I) on his way to a 4 1/2-length victory at Woodbine.

  • Steel Light Shines in Nearctic Victory

    Moyglare Stud's Steel Light, sent off as the lukewarm 3-1 favorite, made his Woodbine debut a winning one, taking Sunday's $500,000 Nearctic Stakes (Can-II) on Pattison Canadian International Day at Woodbine.

  • Rene Douglas

    Rene Douglas Could Leave California Circuit

    Jockey Rene Douglas was in Florida Wednesday tending to personal matters, but before he left Santa Anita he was undecided on whether he would continue as a regular on the Southern California circuit.

  • Fourty Niners Son strikes it rich at Oak Tree.

    Fourty Niners Son Hits Pay Dirt in Hirsch Turf

    Favored Fourty Niners Son, who has pounced on the American grass handicap division with passion this summer, scored his first graded stakes victory in Sunday's $250,000 Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship (gr. IT) at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting.

  • Unfurl the Flag Earns Triple Bend Salute

    California-bred sprinter Unfurl the Flag won the first graded stakes race of his career Sunday when he dusted a large field in the $350,000 Triple Bend Handicap (gr. I) on Independence Day weekend at Hollywood Park.

  • Jeremy Rose, wore ad on his jockeys' britches in the Kentucky Derby.

    Jockeys Appeal Fines, Suspensions Over Derby Ads

    Three jockeys have appealed their seven-day suspensions and $5,000 fines levied by the Churchill Downs stewards for wearing unapproved advertising in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and failing to comply with stewards' orders.

  • Andujar runs away from the field in winning the Milady at Hollywood Park.

    O'Neill's New Star Andujar Shakes Up Milady

    There seemed a strong likelihood of a speed duel in Saturday's $205,150 Milady Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park, but outsider Andujar never allowed it to happen, simply running the rest of the field into the ground.

  • Stewards to Hear Jockeys on Unapproved Ads

    Three jockeys who appear to have worn unapproved advertising during the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) are expected at a hearing before Churchill Downs stewards May 21 in Louisville.

  • Forest Grove Slips Through to Win L.A. Times

    Forest Grove, guided through an opening along the inside on the turn by jockey Corey Nakatani, held off the late charge of Areyoutalkintome to register his first graded stakes victory in the $150,000 Los Angeles Times Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park Saturday.

  • Cee's Irish Gets Green in Sunland Oaks

    Merv Griffin's versatile Cee's Irish, ridden by Corey Nakatani, pulled away from her rivals at the head of the stretch in winning the $259,000 WinStar Sunland Oaks Saturday in virtually gate-to-wire fashion.

  • Sharp Lisa and Corey Nakatani, right, battle Memorette and Kent Desormeaux at the top of the stretch before Sharp Lisa wins the Las Virgenes Stakes,  Saturday at Santa Anita.

    Sharp Lisa Slices to Las Virgenes Victory

    Passed by Memorette in upper stretch, odds-on favorite Sharp Lisa refused to give in, coming back powerfully in the final sixteenth of a mile to tally a three-quarters of a length win in the $250,000 Las Virgenes (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita Saturday.

  • Nakatani Wins in Return from Suspension

    Jockey Corey Nakatani returned from a 30-day suspension in style Friday with a two-length victory aboard Courtly Jazz in the $54,400 allowance feature at Santa Anita Park.