11/02/2010 4:16PM

Briecat figures in to Cerin's milestone quest


INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Perhaps before the end of the year, and maybe in the next month, trainer Vladimir Cerin will record the 1,000th win of his career.

Through Tuesday, Cerin had 995 wins, a figure boosted by one last Sunday when Briecat pulled an upset in the Grade 2 Las Palmas Handicap for fillies and mares over a mile on turf at Hollywood Park.

Planning her next start may influence how quickly Cerin arrives at the 1,000-win milestone. Tuesday, Cerin was debating whether to try Briecat in the $250,000 Matriarch Stakes, a Grade 1 race over a mile on turf on Nov. 28, or ship to Delta Downs for the $125,000 Treasure Chest Stakes on a dirt surface on Nov. 20.

“We’ll have to make some decisions in the next few days,” Cerin said.

Briecat, who races for David and Holly Wilson, led throughout the $150,000 Las Palmas, winning by a neck over Westwood Pride as a 13-1 outsider. The Las Palmas was her second Grade 2 win, nearly two years after the Bayakoa Handicap at Hollywood Park. In June 2009, Briecat was second to the undefeated star Zenyatta in the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap.

“This is the heaviest, the best, she’s ever looked by far,” Cerin said after the Las Palmas.

Cerin already has a runner headed to Delta on Nov. 20 in Gone Rebel, the winner of the six-furlong Anoakia Stakes at Oak Tree at Hollywood Park on Oct. 24. She will start in $250,000 Louisiana Jewel for statebred 2-year-old fillies over a mile.

“I don’t know if she can go two turns but she might against those,” Cerin said.

Cerin had a strong Oak Tree meeting at Hollywood Park, winning with 6 of 16 starters. He expects to be more active during the Hollywood Park fall meeting, which begins on Thursday evening and runs through Dec. 19.

“I hope I’m busier than I was at Oak Tree,” he said. ”I’ve got a lot of babies.”

Thursday, Cerin has two runners – Golden Nip in the second race, a six-furlong maiden race on turf for statebred fillies and mares, and Derrick Do in the fifth race, a starter allowance over six furlongs.

Golden Nip has been third and fourth in her first two starts. She was the 9-5 favorite on Sept. 30 when she broke slowly and was fourth, beaten 6 3/4 lengths. Thursday’s race will be her first start on turf. “That was a disappointing race,” Cerin said of the recent loss. “I think she’ll like the grass.”

Derrick Do drew the outside post in a field of eight, his first start against winners after beating $40,000 claimers in a maiden race on Oct. 15, his fifth start.

“There is a ton of speed in there,” Cerin said. “It’s tough on paper but he’s training much better than he has for any of these races.”

Post times vary by day

There are different first post times for each of the four racing days at Hollywood Park this week.

Thursday’s opening night begins at 7:05 p.m. There is day racing on Friday beginning at 12:15 p.m. to accommodate the simulcast of the first day of the Breeders’ Cup races from Churchill Downs.

The first post time on Saturday is 11:15 a.m., a program that will feature simulcasts of the Breeders’ Cup races from Churchill Downs. Sunday’s post time is 12:30 p.m.

Juveniles race for six figures

There are two $100,000 races for 2-year-olds over 1 1/16 miles this weekend – Saturday’s Real Quiet Stakes and Sunday’s Sharp Cat Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.

Neither race will have a strong field. Celestic Night, the winner of the C.B. Afflerbaugh Stakes at Fairplex Park on Sept. 15, and a troubled fourth in the Jack Goodman Stkaes on Oct. 23, leads the Real Quiet Stakes.