Ticker
  • The Great War is off the Derby trail following poor finish in the BattagliaPosted 2 days ago
  •  Royal Son scores in the John Battaglia Memorial.Posted 3 days ago
  • Stellar Wind an impressive winner of the Santa Ysabel. Posted 3 days ago
  • Far Right shoots up the rail again to score in the Southwest Stakes. Posted 9 days ago
  • Khozan demolishes a Gulfstream Park allowance field to remain perfect in two starts. Posted 9 days ago
  • No beating North Slope as he returns to dirt a winner in the Evening Attire. Posted 9 days ago
  •  International Star scrapes the paint to win the Risen Star.Posted 10 days ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox speaks loud and clear in the Rachel Alexandra. Posted 10 days ago
  • Itsaknockout wins the Fountain of Youth on the DQ of Upstart. Posted 10 days ago
  •  Chocolate Ride sneaks away in the Fair Grounds Handicap.Posted 10 days ago

Lakerville Shakes Off Rust in Clockers' Corner

Lakerville wins 2014 Clockers' Corner.
Photo: Benoit Photo
Away 17 months, 6-year-old Lakerville smoked late under Corey Nakatani to take Sunday’s $75,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths, getting 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:11.75.

Well in-hand approaching the dirt crossing at the top of the lane, Nakatani was about five lengths behind a three-horse spread consisting of early leader Ankeny Hill, El Commodore and 2-1 favorite Ready for More.  Nakatani set after the leaders crossing back to the turf and overhauled Ankeny Hill and Edwin Maldonado inside the sixteenth pole to comfortably hold off a late run from Sweet Swap and Rafael Bejarano.

Off at 8-1, Lakerville, a California-bred horse by Unusual Heat, paid $19.60, $8.40 and $6.40.

Idle since Aug. 15, 2012 at Del Mar, Lakerville made his seventh career start in the Clockers’ Corner.

“He was ready to come back two or three times, but he just got away from us in the mornings,” said trainer and co-owner/breeder Barry Abrams.  “When you have a great horse, you take your time.  This time, I had Corey come out and get on him every single time he worked and it paid off.

“I wouldn’t bet on him today, but I knew he had too much class.  He really wants to run a mile, but we’ll plan on running against Cal-breds in the (6 ½ furlong turf) Sensational Star (Feb. 22) next.”

In addition to Abrams, Lakerville is owned by Madeline Auerbach, LLC.  He picked up $60,120 for the win, increasing his earnings to $272,660.  Never worse than second, Lakerville picked up his fifth win and his first stakes victory.

“He’s a real ‘racey’ horse so he wants to do too much, too soon, too early,” said Nakatani.  “He’s very athletic, and the key is being able to harness his ability.”

Sweet Swap, off at 5-1 in the nine-horse Clockers’ Corner, broke slowly and stumbled badly leaving the gate, but made up ground quickly to be 2 ½ lengths back of the winner at the top of the stretch.

“My horse got nervous in the gate,” said Bejarano.  “He sat down a little and it cost me the race.  He loves to come from behind, but I wish I could’ve had a little better position.”

Sweet Swap finished a half length in front of longshot Di Giorgio and Tyler Baze and paid $7.60 and $5.80.

An Argentine Group I winner in his most recent start on May 1, 2013, Di Giorgio made his U.S. debut for trainer Ron McAnally and showed plenty of heart in the drive, overtaking Ready for More and Ankeny Hill late to finish third by a half length.

Di Giorgio paid $8.20 to show.

Ready for More, ridden by Mike Smith, weakened late to finish fifth.



 

 

comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories