10/06/2002 11:00PM

Three live runners from Cerin


ARCADIA, Calif. - Among Blushing Rahy, Dereck, and El Nuki, trainer Vladimir Cerin has big hopes for Wednesday's program at Santa Anita.

"All three are live," Cerin said. "I think they can all hit the board, and with a little luck they could win."

Blushing Rahy starts in Wednesday's feature race, a $49,000 allowance race over 1 1/8 miles on turf that drew six fillies and mares.

The distance concerns Cerin. The 4-year-old Blushing Rahy has never won beyond six furlongs and was second at one mile on turf and third at 1 1/16 miles on turf in allowance races this summer.

"I don't know if she can go that far," Cerin said.

Blushing Rahy has not started since finishing third behind I'm the Business at Del Mar on July 31. The form of that race was flattered when I'm the Business returned to win the Hillsborough Handicap at Bay Meadows on Sept. 28.

Blushing Rahy led in that race and is expected to be in front on Wednesday. She drew the rail, giving jockey Kevin Krigger little option but to go to the front to maintain good position.

Blushing Rahy should be joined on the front by Charlies Good Girl, who makes her first start for trainer Christopher Paasch after being claimed for $40,000 at Del Mar on Sept. 8.

The field includes Lost Message, who won a maiden race over 1 1/8 miles on turf, and Free Question, who is trained by Bobby Frankel.

Dereck is the only starter in the sixth race coming off a win. He scored by a nose in a $50,000 claimer over a mile on turf at Del Mar on Aug. 31. He chased a fast pace that day but is unlikely to have the same conditions on Wednesday against a field of $62,500 claimers. Turkish Prize, who has been claimed four times this year, may be the lone front-runner.

More Modern and Mornings Minion, closers who were unplaced in their last starts at Del Mar, are capable of winning, but will need a quick pace.

El Nuki makes his first start since March 28 in the seventh race, a $45,000 allowance race over six furlongs for statebreds.

A 3-year-old gelding, El Nuki was claimed for $40,000 out of a maiden race for statebreds last October and won a starter allowance race over six furlongs in February before finishing seventh in his most recent start.

"He's had some small problems here and there," Cerin said.

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