Updated on 09/16/2011 7:40AM

Nakatani cleared to begin comeback


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Corey Nakatani has received doctor's clearance to exercise horses, and he could resume riding races next week, two months after suffering head and neck injuries in a one-horse spill, according to his agent, Bob Meldahl.

Nakatani received clearance on Tuesday and will begin working horses on Friday. He is tentatively scheduled to resume riding on Wednesday, Meldahl said.

Meldahl said Nakatani is ready to resume riding but that doctors "want to make sure there are no complications."

Nakatani has not ridden since May 2, when he fell in a spill and suffered a concussion.

Through May and early June, Nakatani fought bouts of dizziness and headaches related to the concussion. After the accident, doctors detected a compression fracture of the C6 vertebra at the base of his neck, which required therapy.

The injury prevented him from riding in the Kentucky Derby, and has cost him a place among the leading riders in Southern California.

War Emblem has first work

War Emblem, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner, breezed three furlongs in 35.80 seconds at Santa Anita Wednesday. It was his first work since failing to win the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes.

Trained by Bob Baffert, War Emblem is being considered for the $1 million Haskell at Monmouth Aug. 4, according to Richard Mulhall, the racing manager for The Thoroughbred Corp.

"The Haskell is a possibility, but it is not etched in stone," Mulhall said. "He lost a lot of weight after the Belmont, but is doing really well right now."

He said that War Emblem is not a candidate for the Swaps at Hollywood on July 14.

Live the Dream is back

Live the Dream, second in the Grade 2 Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap last year, will attempt to end a three-race losing streak in a $58,000 allowance race on Friday.

A 4-year-old, Live Your Dreams is unraced since finishing second in the Matiara Stakes here last November. Trained by Neil Drysdale, Live Your Dreams has won 3 of 10 starts, including the restricted Sandy Blue Stakes at Del Mar last July.

She may be favored in Friday's seventh race, the feature on an eight-race program that includes four maiden races.

Live Your Dreams will be ridden for the first time by Patrick Valenzuela, the leading rider at this meeting. The late-running Live Your Dreams will face L'Emeraude, Elaine's Angel, Last Tango, Garden in the Rain, and Catz.

Garden in the Rain is capable of winning. In her first start of 2002, she finished third in an allowance race over 1 1/16 miles on turf, losing by 1 1/2 lengths after leading in midstretch.

No Gold Cup for Palmeiro

Palmeiro, the winner of the Grade 3 All American Handicap at Bay Meadows on June 8, is skipping the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on July 14, trainer John Sadler said.

The 4-year-old Palmeiro will be pointed to the $250,000 San Diego Handicap over 1 1/16 miles at Del Mar on Aug. 4, and will be considered for the $250,000 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap over a mile on Sept. 2.

Sadler said he was reluctant to try Palmeiro over the Gold Cup distance of 1 1/4 miles.

The prospective field for the Gold Cup is led by Milwaukee Brew, the winner of the Santa Anita Handicap and Californian Stakes this year. Trained by Bobby Frankel, Milwaukee Brew will be part of a small field expected to include Sky Jack, the winner of the Mervyn LeRoy Handicap in May, and Momentum, who won the Native Diver Handicap here last December.

Canzone steps up

Canzone, who won the May 26 allowance in which Garden in the Rain finished third, starts in Saturday's $250,000 Beverly Hills Handicap for fillies and mares over 1 1/4 miles on turf.

Trained by Eduardo Inda, Canzone won two Group 1 races in Brazil last year, including one against males over 1 1/2 miles on turf. A 5-year-old, Canzone made her United States debut in the Grade 2 Buena Vista Handicap over a mile on turf at Santa Anita on Feb. 18, finishing seventh, but beaten only 2 3/4 lengths by winner Blue Moon. She won her next start, in the allowance race.

Canzone faces a tough field in the Grade 1 Beverly Hills, led by defending champion Astra.

The 124-pound highweight, Astra will be a strong favorite in the Beverly Hills. In her last start, she rallied in the final furlong to catch Starine and win the Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap on May 27.

Despite that eye-catching win, seven are expected to oppose her in the Beverly Hills, including Blushing Bride, Crazy Ensign, Karsavina, Peu a Peu, Racene, and Snowflake.