05/12/2002 11:00PM

Injured Nakatani to miss another week


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Jockey Corey Nakatani is expected to miss another week of racing while recovering from the effects of a concussion suffered in a spill on May 2, according to his agent, Bob Meldahl.

Nakatani has not ridden since the third race on May 2 when his mount, Whirlwind Trip, clipped heels with a rival. Nakatani was thrown and struck his head on the ground.

On advice of doctors, Nakatani did not travel to the Kentucky Derby on May 4.

Last week, he underwent tests and was advised by doctors to take more time off.

Meldahl is hoping that Nakatani can resume riding by May 22, and be ready to ride the major Memorial Day stakes on May 27 - the $500,000 Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap and the $500,000 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile.

"He's still having headaches," Meldahl said. "It's a day-to-day thing. Hopefully, we'll get up in another week and we can ride the Shoemaker and Gamely. We need to get him on some horses before [those races]."

Manndar getting better

Manndar, a winner of two Grade 1 stakes on turf in 2000, is continuing to make progress from a life-threatening sesamoid injury suffered in a turf workout here last November.

Trainer Beau Greely on Sunday said that Manndar recently had a stabilizing plate removed from a leg that was supporting the leg since the injury.

"We had a little infection in there, so we had to take it out," Greely said.

Manndar has been based at Greely's stable at Hollywood Park since the injury. Manndar may be able to stand at stud in 2003, possibly in England, Greely said.

"Hopefully, he'll be able to breed mares and be turned out," Greely said. "We may leave him here for another month and then send him to Kentucky."

The 6-year-old Manndar has won 4 of 20 starts and three stakes. In England, where he began his career, Manndar won the 1999 Fairway Stakes at Newmarket.

Manndar joined Greely's stable later that year. In 2000, he won the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs and the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap at Belmont Park.

Weekend stakes lack big names

The two stakes at Hollywood Park this weekend lack nationally prominent names.

Saturday's $100,000 Railbird Stakes over seven furlongs for 3-year-old fillies is a prep to the $250,000 Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks on June 15.

The Railbird probables include Fun House, who was second in the La Habra Stakes on turf at Santa Anita in March, and September Secret, a winner of two of three starts who will be making her stakes debut. Lost at Sea, the winner of the San Jose Stakes at Bay Meadows, and Affairs of State, an allowance race winner on April 27, also might start.

Sunday's $75,000 Jim Murray Memorial Handicap over 1 1/2 miles on turf might produce a starter for the $350,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap on June 15.

Straight Flush, winless in three starts in this country but a multiple stakes winner in Brazil, will be ridden by Gary Stevens. Other probables include Lasting Tribute, Little Ghazi, Skipping, and The Price Spirit.

2001 purse redistributed

The purse of a $15,000 race for $9,000 and $10,000 claimers at Del Mar on Aug. 31, 2001, has been partially redistributed after the runner-up, Copelan's Eagle, tested positive for a prohibited medication.

Copelan's Eagle, the 6-5 favorite, was found to have promazine, a class 2 drug, in a post-race urine sample taken at Truesdail Laboratories, the state's official drug testing lab.

Promazine is not allowed to appear in post-race tests. Positives for drugs in classes 1 through 3 are subject to redistrubution, and trainers of horses testing positive for such drugs can be sanctioned. As of Sunday, Copelan's Eagle's trainer, A.C. Avila, had not met with stewards. A ruling on his penalty is expected later this week, track stewards said.

Copelan's Eagle earned $3,000 for the second-place finish, which has been forfeited. As a result, the second through fifth-place purses will be redistributed to, in order, Sami's Tango, The Chang, Vaca Gold, and Codger.

On Sunday, the 12-year-old Copelan's Eagle finished in a dead heat for fourth in an $8,000 claimer. It was his 74th career start.

* Kona Gold, the 2000 champion sprinter, worked five furlongs in 57.80 seconds at Santa Anita on Sunday. Unraced since finishing fourth in the DeFrancis Dash at Laurel in November, the 8-year-old Kona Gold is expected to make his 2002 debut in the $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap over six furlongs on June 2.