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Corey Nakatani

Corey Nakatani
Occupation Jockey
Birthplace Covina, California, United States
Birth date 21, 1970 (1970-10-21) (age 46)
Career wins 3,355 (through 6/13/10)
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins

Hollywood Derby (1990, 1993, 1996)
Coaching Club American Oaks (1991)
Kentucky Oaks (1991, 1996)
Del Mar Futurity (1993)
Miesque Stakes (1993, 2001, 2004)
Yellow Ribbon Stakes (1993)
Lane's End Stakes (1995)
Beverly D. Stakes (1995, 2001)
John C. Mabee Handicap
(1995, 1996, 1998, 2006)
Kentucky Cup Classic Handicap (1996)
San Felipe Stakes (1996, 2006)
Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes (1997)
Beldame Stakes (1998)
Champagne Stakes (1998)
Garden City Breeders' Cup Handicap
(1998, 2001)
Super Derby (1998)
Royal Heroine Stakes (1999, 2003)
Landaluce Stakes (1997, 2000, 2009)
Santa Anita Handicap (2000, 2006, 2007)
Sir Beaufort Stakes (2003)
Frizette Stakes (2004)
Sunshine Millions Fillies & Mares Sprint (2004)
Del Mar Breeders' Cup Mile (2006)
Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (2006)
Hollywood Gold Cup (2006, 2007)
Sunshine Millions Classic (2006)
Fair Grounds Oaks (2007)
First Lady Stakes (2007)
San Rafael Stakes (2007)
Sunshine Millions Turf (2007)
Commonwealth Breeders' Cup Stakes (2007)
Suwannee River Handicap (2007)
Santa Anita Derby (2008)
Princess Rooney Handicap (2008)
Gallant Bloom Handicap (2008)
Eddie Read Handicap
(1994, 1996, 2002, 2006, 2009)
Shoemaker Mile Stakes (2010)

International race wins:
Molson Export Million (1994)
Dubai Golden Shaheen (2001)
Canadian International Stakes (2005)

Breeders' Cup wins:
Breeders' Cup Distaff (1996)
Breeders' Cup Sprint (1996, 1997, 1998, 2006)
Breeders' Cup Mile (1999)
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (2004)
Significant horses

Colonel John, In Summation, Indian Blessing, Lava Man, Lite Light, Notional,

Relaxed Gesture, Sandpit, Serena's Song, Silic

Corey S. Nakatani (born October 21, 1970 in Covina, California, United States) is an American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey. He got his big break in 1990 when he rode Itsallgreektome to win big stakes races.

As of 2006, Nakatani has won more than 3,000 races including the Kentucky Oaks twice, one time on Lite Light and the other riding Pike Plate Dancer, the Canadian International Stakes, the Strub Stakes four times, the Dubai Golden Shaheen, and seven Breeders' Cups, three of which were won consecutively between 1996 and 1998 in the Breeders' Cup Sprint. Although he has won seven Breeders' Cups, he has never won the Kentucky Derby in twelve tries. In 2006, he ranked sixth among United States jockeys with 145 wins on 738 mounts, with earnings of $14,001,900.

Corey Nakatani is married to his second wife, Lisa, and has a daughter, Brittany, and two sons, Matthew and Austin, from a previous marriage to Michelle Dollase, daughter of trainer Wallace Dollase. His late father Roy Nakatani, a Japanese American, was born in a World War II internment camp and spent time at Santa Anita Park when it was a relocation camp. Corey's mother is Marie Nakatani and he is one of ten children. Corey was a champion high school wrestler who became intrigued by racing after visiting Santa Anita with his father after a wrestling tournament at the age of sixteen. Nakatani eventually approached horse trainer Roger Stein for work. After three days of mucking out stalls and walking horses, he decided he wanted to ride even though he had never been on a horse before. Stein then suggested that he get some experience on a working farm, so he learned the ropes on the Thoroughbred farm of Tony Matos. He then went on and broke and galloped horses for Johnny Longden and Longden’s son, Eric Longden before starting his career as a jockey. He graduated from jockey school in Castaic, California, and won his first race, a dead heat, in Caliente, Mexico in 1988 aboard Blue King. He moved to Southern California in April 1989, and became the leading apprentice jockey that same year. His current residence is Glendora California. [1][2]

Corey Nakatani won his 3,000th race at Hollywood Park on Memorial Day, May 29, 2006 aboard Shakin N Dancin in the ninth race of the day.[2]

Nakatani has had some excellent horses, including Serena's Song, Rock Hard Ten, Sarafan, Elloluv, Event of the Year, Lava Man, Lite Light, Sandpit, Cara Rafaela, and Relaxed Gesture. He is also the regular rider of seven champions, including Itsallgreektomb, Jewel Princess, Lit de Justice, Possible Perfect, Reraise, Wandesta, and Sweet Catomine.[2]

He is an outstanding golfer who carries a three handicap.

Nakatani's agent is Vince DeGregory.[3]



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