Corey Nakatani

Agent Nakatani Celebrates Jockey Angel Cruz’ First Victory

It was business as usual Sunday morning for 23-year-old Santa Anita newcomer Angel (pronounced AIN-jell, as in a celestial being) Cruz and his 26-year-old agent, Matt Nakatani, son of Corey Nakatani. Cruz won his first race at Santa Anita Saturday with only his second mount this meet, piloting The Hunted to an impressive 5 ¼-length […]

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Best Of The Breeders’ Cup Presented By Brisnet: Mile And Turf Sprint

The measure of what makes a truly great Breeders’ Cup performance can be interpreted in any number of ways, but the numbers don’t lie. The BRIS Speed Ratings assess efforts objectively using a precise algorithm to assign a number to each runner’s effort based on rigid criteria, largely removed from human interpretation. Heading into this year’s […]

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Judge Grants Espinoza Stay Of Suspension For Careless Riding

Judge Timothy M. Casserly awarded a stay of his 10-day suspension to apprentice jockey Assael Espinoza in San Diego County Superior Court on Thursday, according to agent Brian Beach. The suspension was originally handed down by stewards for an incident in which Espinoza caused interference in Saturday’s final race at Del Mar; jockeys Corey Nakatani […]

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Geovanni Franco Living The Dream In California

The name, Geovanni Franco, registers as Italian. The birthplace listed in the Del Mar jockey roster says Mexico City. The word Franco received recently from a family sage took him to yet another place. “I had to go back to Mexico last year for an emergency, I got to talk to my grandfather and ask […]

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Franco Bruised But ‘Fortunate,’ Nakatani Released From Hospital After Del Mar Spill

Jockey Geovanni Franco incurred what his agent, James Giannone, described as a bruise high on his left foot in the last-race spill on Saturday at Del Mar. Franco, 21, a native of Mexico, was back at work Sunday morning exercising horses and was scheduled to ride four races on the afternoon program. “He’s very fortunate, and blessed, to be […]

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Updated: Nakatani Stays In Hospital Overnight After Del Mar Spill

A scary incident in the tenth and final race of the evening at Del Mar on Saturday ended with jockeys Corey Nakatani and Geovanni Franco being transported to Scripps La Jolla Hospital. According to drf.com, both riders were moving their arms and legs, but were placed on backboards as a precaution. On Sunday morning, drf.com reported that […]

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Union Strike Surfaces At Arlington For Chicago Handicap

A competitive baker’s dozen has been assembled for this Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Chicago Handicap at Arlington International Racecourse. Headlining the seven-furlong test for fillies and mares over the all-weather surface is Grade 1 winner Union Strike, who breaks from post two under Corey Nakatani and enters the Chicago Handicap off of a five-month layoff. […]

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Bolt D’Oro Now Headed For Met Mile, Not Preakness

Mick Ruis’ Bolt d’Oro will now be pointed to the Grade 1 Metropolitan Mile on the Belmont Stakes undercard, according to drf.com. The 12th-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby had been considered for the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, but Ruis said he wants “the best for Bolt, as much as I would love to […]

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8-Year-Old Matrooh Delivers Trainer, Jockey First Graded Scores In Hanshin Cup

Crystal Racing Enterprises and Contreras Stable’s Matrooh motored home in Saturday’s 66th running of the Grade III $100,000 Hanshin Cup to give trainer Cipriano Contreras and jockey Santo Sanjur the first graded stakes win of their careers. Run for the 24th year as an exchange race with the Japan Racing Association, a field of nine […]

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Nakatani To Be Reunited With Bolt D’Oro, Possibly In Preakness

Jockey Corey Nakatani will be reunited with Bolt d’Oro in the Preakness, should the colt run. Nakatani rode the son of Medaglia d’Oro in his first four races, winning three, before being replaced by Javier Castellano in the San Felipe Stakes and the Santa Anita Derby, and then Victor Espinoza in the Run for the […]

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