Corey Nakatani is a finalist for Hall of Fame

on 02/28/2023 11:01 AM

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National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame press release 2/28/2023

CoreyNakatani, 52, won 3,909 races with purse earnings of $234,554,534 million in a career that spanned from 1988 to 2018. He ranks 14th all time in career earnings and won 341 graded stakes. Nakatani won 10 Breeders’ Cup races (one of only 10 riders to do so), including four editions of the Sprint. He won three riding titles at Del Mar, two at Santa Anita, and one at Hollywood Park, as well as four Oak Tree meetings. His major victories at the Grade 1 level included multiple editions of the Beverly D., Del Mar Oaks, Eddie Read, Hollywood Derby, Hollywood Gold Cup, Hollywood Starlet, Kentucky Oaks, Santa Anita Oaks, Santa Anita Handicap, and Santa Margarita, among others. He also won the Group 1 Golden Shaheen in Dubai.

A native of Covina, Calif., Nakatani won five Grade 1 races with Hall of Famer Lava Man. He also won multiple stakes with Hall of Famer Serena’s Song, as well as Eclipse Award winners Itsallgreektome, Jewel’s Princess, Lit de Justice, My Miss Aurelia, Reraise, Shared Belief, Sweet Catomine, and Thor’s Echo. Nakatani won a record 19 stakes during the 2006-2007 Santa Anita meet, breaking the track’s previous single-meet record held by Hall of Famer Laffit Pincay, Jr. Nakatani ranks second all time at Del Mar in stakes wins with 108 and sixth in overall wins. At Santa Anita, he ranks ninth in stakes wins (134) and 11th in overall wins (1,075). At Hollywood Park, Nakatani is seventh in stakes wins (143) and eighth (1,169) in overall wins.

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