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May 31, 2010
What a homecoming it was Monday for jockey Corey Nakatani, who left the Southern California racing scene in January to restart his career in the Midwest and returned to guide the 21-1 longshot Victor's Cry to a win by a head over Karelian in the Grade I, $250,000 Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood Park. Finishing in the swift time of 1:32.88, Victor's Cry rallied from next to last in the nine-horse field to overtake pacesetter Mr Gruff, who finished third after opening a two-length lead in the deep stretch.
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November 1, 2013 | By John Cherwa
The second race on the Breeders' Cup card at Santa Anita seemed a little like the first when jockey Mike Smith went two-for-two when he won the Juvenile Turf aboard Outstrip. Smith rallied the horse in deep stretch and went past Giovanni Boldini and a tiring Bobby's Kitten to win by a half-length. Outstrip paid $14.00, $6.80 and $3.60. Giovanni Boldini returned $6.40 and $3.40, and Bobby's Kitten, named for the late trainer Bobby Frankel, paid $2.40 to show. Bobby's Kitten led comfortably until mid-stretch, when he was challenged by Giovanni Boldini.
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February 16, 1995 | KEVIN UHRICH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The rain came down in sheets that day, turning the normally manicured Santa Anita Park racetrack into a muddy swamp. Partway into the day, Corey Nakatani, horse racing's hottest jockey, had come in third in one race and had lost badly in two others. Pacing in front of one of the mounted closed-circuit televisions replaying the race, Nakatani brought his riding crop down hard on the back of a leather chair. Whap!
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February 29, 2012 | Chris Erskine
Blame cognitive dissonance or my lifelong fascination with Napoleon (an underrated tenor), but I suddenly find myself at this charity basketball game featuring Santa Anita jockeys against a team of junior high kids, a track tradition that has stayed under the radar for almost half a century, the tallest player being 5 feet 7 or so. If you ask me, anyone taller than 5-7 has no business on a basketball court anyway. Tall people have really ruined this game. Thankfully, this is one of those David vs. David contests (Goliath has the night off)
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October 3, 1996 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before Wednesday's first race, Tom Ward, a steward at Santa Anita, asked Corey Nakatani how he was feeling. "I'm OK," the jockey said. "You going to be able to ride?" Ward asked. "I'll make it," Nakatani said. Nakatani would say later that he was in a haze then. His 22-year-old sister, Dawn Nakatani, had died in a West Covina hospital only hours before, the victim of a strangulation at her Baldwin Park apartment about midday Tuesday.
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February 2, 1996 | BILL CHRISTINE
A state appeals court has disallowed jockey Corey Nakatani's petition and he will complete a five-day suspension that began Thursday and runs through Wednesday. Nakatani will be able to ride Gold And Steel in the Strub, because of the California designated-race rule that applies to major stakes, but he will miss mounts on Patio De Naranjos in the San Antonio, Lit De Justice in the $200,000 Palos Verdes Handicap and Odyle in the $100,000 Santa Catalina.
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April 12, 1991
Despite breaking slowly, heavily favored Letthebighossroll had no trouble in scoring a four-length victory over five rivals in Thursday's $50,000 Piedmont Stakes at Golden Gate Fields. It was the winner's third victory in as many starts. The 3-year-old gelded son of Flying Paster, ridden by Corey Nakatani, covered the six furlongs in 1:10 1/5 and returned $2.80, $2.20 and $2.10. Caliche's Secret finished second with Sew Predictable third.
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February 3, 1996
My heart bleeds for jockey Corey Nakatani for having been fined all of $500 and suspended five days by the Santa Anita stewards for whipping his horse, Tillie's Joy, during and after a race, after which the horse broke down. I have an idea for all the horse-whipping jockeys: Make them run the 100-meter dash in, say, 12 seconds, during which time they should be whipped to run faster. If they do not reach the goal within the allocated time, whip them some more after the race. EDWARD NELSON Los Angeles
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May 20, 1996 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Owners Gary and Tim Burke have made a lot of good claims-- and trips to the winner's circle--over the years, but the best of them all is probably Comininalittlehot. Taken for $80,000 on Feb. 29 at Santa Anita, the 5-year-old gelding has already earned over that figure and he became a stakes winner Sunday with an easy victory in the $109,400 Thirty Slews Handicap at Hollywood Park.
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March 16, 2004 | Bill Christine
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge granted Corey Nakatani a stay of his 30-day suspension Monday, which means the jockey will be able to continue riding at Santa Anita pending his appeal to the California Horse Racing Board. Nakatani's suspension, issued by the Santa Anita stewards and scheduled to have begun Thursday, will be on hold until he can argue his case before an administrative law judge.
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May 31, 2010
What a homecoming it was Monday for jockey Corey Nakatani, who left the Southern California racing scene in January to restart his career in the Midwest and returned to guide the 21-1 longshot Victor's Cry to a win by a head over Karelian in the Grade I, $250,000 Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood Park. Finishing in the swift time of 1:32.88, Victor's Cry rallied from next to last in the nine-horse field to overtake pacesetter Mr Gruff, who finished third after opening a two-length lead in the deep stretch.
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November 19, 2006 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
On an afternoon when jockey Corey Nakatani bordered on perfect, fellow riders Richard Migliore and Julien Leparoux made a little history of their own at Hollywood Park on Saturday. After Nakatani rode five consecutive winners, Migliore, a recent arrival from New York, got his first Inglewood victory aboard Moogie, a 4-1 shot, in the eighth race. About 30 minutes later, Leparoux, the country's leading jockey in victories, came through with his first local win.
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October 30, 2006 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
For the second time in three years, jockey Corey Nakatani won the riding title at Oak Tree, defeating Del Mar champion Victor Espinoza, 24-20, as the 26-day meet at Santa Anita concluded Sunday. Nakatani also won more stakes races than any rider, earning his eighth when directing 2-1 favorite Beautyandthebeast to a head decision over 5-2 second choice Clinet in the Grade II $150,000 Las Palmas Handicap.
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October 18, 2006 | BOB MIESZERSKI
With 10 days left in the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita, jockey Corey Nakatani is on the verge of his second riding title in three years. Nakatani, who topped the standings with 21 victories in 2004, holds a 17-12 lead over Victor Espinoza going into this afternoon. Nakatani is named to ride four horses on the program, including probable favorite I'll Prey For You in the seventh race.
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May 30, 2006 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Memorial Day turned out to be, well, memorable for jockey Corey Nakatani. Not only did Nakatani win the $321,000 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile for the fourth time in 11 years on 6-1 shot Aragorn, he won three other races Monday at Hollywood Park to give him 3,000 in a career that began in 1988. A 4-year-old Irish-bred son of Giant's Causeway, Aragorn turned in the performance of his life to beat a talented field in the Grade I. Trained by Neil Drysdale for breeder Ballygallon Stud Ltd.
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March 16, 2004 | Bill Christine
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge granted Corey Nakatani a stay of his 30-day suspension Monday, which means the jockey will be able to continue riding at Santa Anita pending his appeal to the California Horse Racing Board. Nakatani's suspension, issued by the Santa Anita stewards and scheduled to have begun Thursday, will be on hold until he can argue his case before an administrative law judge.
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July 29, 1995 | BILL CHRISTINE
Molistar, winner of a maiden race at Hollywood Park in her debut two weeks ago, returned to the winner's circle at Del Mar Friday night, scoring a four-length victory over General Idea in the $106,250 California Thoroughbred Breeders Assn. Stakes. Corey Nakatani, who rode the winners of both divisions of the Oceanside Stakes on opening day Wednesday, has ridden Molistar in both of her victories.
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September 3, 1997 | Associated Press
Ryan Barber, an apprentice jockey who was pushed off his mount by jockey Corey Nakatani at the finish line of a race at Del Mar on Aug. 3, has filed a lawsuit seeking unspecified damages for alleged assault, battery and emotional distress. The complaint was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. Barber alleges that Nakatani galloped alongside him and shoved him off his mount after their horses crossed the finish line. Barber claims he missed weeks of riding as a result of the incident.
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March 13, 2004 | Bill Christine
The horse whose disqualification led to a 30-day suspension for jockey Corey Nakatani required tendon surgery after the race. Trainer Mike Mitchell, who claimed Mister Cosmi from owner Mike Gill and trainer Nick Canani for $50,000 out of the one-mile grass race last Saturday at Santa Anita, said Friday that the 5-year-old gelding had undergone leg surgery Thursday. "The horse wasn't lame, the leg [didn't radiate any heat] and he was able to jog," Mitchell said.
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October 9, 2002 | BOB MIESZERSKI
After winning six races in the first five days of the Oak Tree meet to take the lead in the jockey standings, Corey Nakatani won't have many opportunities to build on his advantage today. Nakatani, who earned his six wins with 30 mounts, is named to ride only three horses. He is on 7-5 morning-line choice Himalayan in the first and contenders Come Back Ronnie in the sixth and That Cool Cat in the seventh.
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