10/08/2011 6:06PM

Belmont Park: Nakatani goes 6 for 7 on card, wins two Grade 1 stakes

Barbara D. Livingston
Corey Nakatani celebrates his sixth win on Saturday's Belmont card aboard My Miss Aurelia following the Grade 1 Frizette Stakes.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Corey Nakatani became just the third jockey to win six races on one card at Belmont Park as he went 6 for 7 on Saturday’s 10-race program, including two Grade 1 stakes wins.

The six wins ties a record for most wins on a card at any New York Racing Association track.

Nakatani missed becoming the first jockey to win seven races at a NYRA track when his mount in the last, Rubber Duck, finished third after a troubled start.

Nakatani joined Jorge Velasquez, who went 6 for 6 on July 9, 1981, and Ramon Dominguez, who went 6 for 8 on June 8, 2011.

“That’s an accomplishment that I never dreamed of getting the opportunity to do,” Nakatani said. “I’ve always loved Belmont, and the trainers and the owners have been great supporters of mine throughout the years. With things looking like they are in California, I decided to move back here, get my family back here in November, and make this my home.”

Nakatani swept the early double aboard Tapizar ($9.30) and Precious Metal ($8.10), both for trainer Steve Asmussen, for whom he also won the fourth on Monzante ($11) and the eighth, the Grade 1 Frizette, on My Miss Aurelia ($6.50). Nakatani also won the fifth on Two Months Rent ($9.70) and the seventh, the Grade 1 Jamaica, aboard Western Aristocrat ($16).