12/04/2008 12:00AM

Nakatani nearly ready to ride again

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Jockey Corey Nakatani is nearing a comeback after spending most of the past two months waiting for his collarbone to heal. Nakatani has not ridden since Sept. 24, when he was injured after his mount Easy on the Eye clipped heels at the start of the Grade 3 Morvich Handicap on the downhill course at Santa Anita.

"I couldn't tell you how many times I have broken my collarbone," Nakatani said early this week after exercising horses at Santa Anita. He starting working horses Sunday and is expected to resume riding within the next two weeks.

Nakatani also suffered a high ankle sprain that required weeks of therapy to heal.

"I feel really good, considering I haven't been on a horse in eight weeks," he said.

Mi Chiamano Mimi sidelined

Mi Chiamano Mimi, the fastest 2-year-old filly in California this fall, is out until summer, trainer Mike Mitchell said. After winning her first two, including the six-furlong Anoakia Stakes at Santa Anita with a Beyer Speed Figure of 94, Mi Chiamano Mimi set a fast pace and finished second in the seven-furlong Moccasin Stakes at Hollywood.

"She came with some heat in her feet and one leg," Mitchell said. He said the filly would return to training in late spring.

Ever a Friend, winner of the Grade 1 Frank Kilroe Mile and second in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile, had a recent setback that will delay his return until the spring-summer meet at Hollywood. Claimed by Mitchell for $62,500 in December, Ever a Friend subsequently went 2 for 3 but has not raced since May 26.

Eight entered in Bayakoa

Improving stakes winner Model, comeback Grade 1 winner Double Trouble, and Grade 3 winner Baroness Thatcher are among eight fillies and mares entered in the Grade 2 Bayakoa Handicap to be run Sunday at Hollywood Park.

Model was assigned 117 pounds in the 1 1/16-mile race and drew the inside post.

Two prepping for Dubai trip

It is all about Dubai this winter at Santa Anita for Gayego and Runforthedoe, a Group 1-winning South American nearing his U.S. debut. Trainer Paulo Lobo said Gayego would run Dec. 26 in the Grade 1 Malibu, and then prepare for the six-furlong $2 million Golden Shaheen, or Godolphin Mile. Lobo was asked why he would ship to Dubai. Was it for the money or the prestige?

"It's both," Lobo said. "The money is huge, and he handles shipping very well." Gayego shipped to Oaklawn this spring to win the Grade 2 Arkansas Derby, and scored a confidence-building allowance win Nov. 30 at Hollywood Park with a Beyer Figure of 101.

Bobby Frankel-trained Runforthedoe, a half-brother to Molengao, will make his U.S. debut in an allowance race at Santa Anita, then point for the UAE Derby. A 3-year-old by Our Emblem, Runforthedoe won a maiden race by nine lengths second time out in Argentina, then overcame trouble to win a Group 1. He has won 2 of 3.

I Want Revenge on course for Futurity

I Want Revenge, the improving colt considered a candidate for the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity on Dec. 20, worked seven furlongs Tuesday in 1:26.20 for trainer Jeff Mullins. I Want Revenge earned an 81 Beyer Figure wiring maidens Oct. 29 at Hollywood in his first try over a route of ground. The race was validated when runner-up Massone returned to win. I Want Revenge is owned by his breeder, David Lanzman.

Poineerof the Nile is the early favorite for the Futurity, The one-two finishers from the Real Quiet Stakes, Chocolate Candy and J P Hammer, also are pointing to the race.

Cut the Check looking sharp

Stakes winner Charlie's Moment is the most accomplished 2-year-old trained by Walther Solis, but Cut the Check is closing in fast. And after a strong maiden-race win on Nov. 30, Cut the Check is well positioned for winter at Santa Anita.

A 1-for-3 son of Sky Mesa, Cut the Check "is a good colt, you can do anything with him," Solis said.

His front-running maiden win earned an 82 Beyer. Solis said he will run next in a first-level allowance at Santa Anita. Charlie's Moment, 2 for 7 and third in the Real Quiet Stakes, was given a two-week break and will return in the San Rafael Stakes early in the winter at Santa Anita.

Belmont Cat's quickness impresses

Belmont Cat finished faster than any one-mile turf winner of the fall meet Wednesday, when the New Zealand import won her U.S. debut by blazing the final quarter-mile in 23.70 seconds. Belmont Cat won race 7 in a tepid 1:36.70 that earned a Beyer of only 84, but her finishing kick stamped her as turf filly who could make some noise this winter at Santa Anita.

John Sadler trains Belmont Cat for owner Doubledown Stables. She paid $5.80 winning the second-level allowance by one length under jockey Mike Smith.

* Earlier on Wednesday, favorite Porto Santo ($6) ran the second-fastest 1 1/16-mile turf race of the meet when he won race 4 in 1:40.69. The allowance win was his first in nearly two years. Victor Espinoza rode the winner for trainer Julio Canani. Liberian Freighter, whose 1:39.84 is the fastest time of the meet, was scratched.