Personal Diary, Nakatani Win Oaks

DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 16, 2014) -- Out of action for the previous three days while battling the flu,  jockey Corey Nakatani emerged from his sick bed for a single mount Saturday and he didn’t squander the opportunity, guiding 9-1 Personal Diary to a sparkling victory in the featured Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Oaks for three-year-old fillies.

Nakatani, who hadn’t ridden since last Sunday, rallied Personal Diary from eighth and last in the early stages of the nine-furlong grass race to power home in the stretch by a convincing 2 ¾ lengths in Del Mar’s championship race of the summer season for sophomore fillies.

Stellaris, off at 11-1 under Kent Desormeaux, was second, a neck in front of the early pacesetter My Conquestadory. Eastern invader  Sea Queen, the 7-5 favorite of the crowd of 23,505, was a nose farther back in fourth. Istanford and Maibaby were withdrawn.

Personal Diary is a Kentucky-bred daughter of City Zip owned by G. Watts Humphrey, Jr. of Harrodsburg, Kentucky and the St. George Farm Racing LLC of Ian Banwell of Charlotte, North Carolina. She is conditioned by Victoria Oliver, who was recording her first success in a Grade I race.

Personal Diary ran the distance in a strong 1:47.56 and returned $20.20, $7 and $5.00 after scoring her second win in ten starts and first this year. First money of $180,000 pushed her earnings to $278,136.

Stellaris paid $10.80 and $6, while My Conquestadory returned $4 to show.

There were no perfect tickets in Saturday’s Pick Six so Sunday’s program will have a carryover of $106,845. Post time for the first race is 2 p.m. with the Pick Six on races five through 10.