Corey Nakatani Thoroughbred Jockey

In an attempt to garner more opportunities in stakes events throughout the nation and take his career to another level, jockey Corey Nakatani begins his Keeneland invasion Friday, the historic oval's opening day for its annual 15-day spring meeting.In an attempt to garner more opportunities in stakes events throughout the nation and take his career to another level, jockey Corey Nakatani begins his Keeneland invasion Friday, the historic oval's opening day for its annual 15-day spring meeting.

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In an attempt to garner more opportunities in stakes events throughout the nation and take his career to another level, jockey Corey Nakatani begins his Keeneland invasion Friday, the historic oval’s opening day for its annual 15-day spring meeting. The talented young rider will have to overcome the powerful hold that Pat Day has on the Kentucky circuit, but new agent Ronnie Ebanks was able to find five mounts for him on the opening-day card.

When one has reached the pinnacle of success that Nakatani has enjoyed, a change of venue is always a risk, but this is a gambling business. Racing certainly imitates life and certain principles apply. In order to grow, one needs to change and in Nakatani’s mind the time is right.

"I’m looking forward to riding more races," he stated. "Kentucky has great racing and the purses are good. It’s a great base because you are relatively close to anywhere you go to ride a stakes. It’s a great opportunity."

Coming off the "biggest victory of his career" with Caller One in the $2 million Golden Shaheen (UAE-G2) at Nad al Sheba last month, Nakatani arrives in the Bluegrass State with some momentum.

He will certainly be well received by trainers with West Coast links who are familiar with his talents. His opening-day mounts reflect this fact as he is named on horses for Murray Johnson, D. Wayne Lukas, Michael Stidham and Todd Pletcher. "Gamer" Nick Zito was the only trainer not connected to the Golden State to give Nakatani a shot. Others will certainly follow.

Corey Nakatani is a rider of the highest caliber. He has proven day-in and day-out to be a fierce competitor and can ride any type of horse on any surface. He is most talented at changing a horse’s running style to suit the pace of the race or the racetrack. He has the uncanny ability to take a speed horse back and have him finish like a freight train or coax a come-from-behinder closer to the lead early-on and still have enough juice to win.

Beware Pat Day! There’s a new kid in town!

Did you know?
Corey Nakatani is a scratch golfer and a very long driver!