Cerin Gets 1,000th Win In All American; $128,659 Pick Six Carryover Saturday at GGF

Cerin Gets 1,000th Win In All American; $128,659 Pick Six Carryover Saturday at GGF

     Southern California-based Vladimir Cerin earned his 1,000th career training victory Friday when his 5-year-old gelding Cigar Man got up in the final jump to win the Grade 3 $100,900 All American Stakes by a head over Hot Chaco at Golden Gate Fields.

     “That was fun,” said Cerin of getting the milestone victory in a six-figure stakes event.  “It’s especially neat to get it with a horse like him.  He tries hard every time.”

     Cigar Man, making his 33rd career start, rallied from seventh in a field of eight to collect his first stakes victory.  Cigar Man was ridden by Juan Hernandez, an 18-year-old native of Mexico who notched his first U.S. stakes win.

     “The trainer wanted me to take him back seven or eight lengths off the lead,” said Hernandez.  “The horse wanted to run right from the gate but I took a hold and did the best I could.  I knew I had a lot of horse and when I hit him left-handed he really responded.”

     Cigar Man, the 3-to-1 second choice in the betting, paid $8.40 after taking the
1 1/8-mile feature in 1:49.78.  Hot Chaco, who ran a big race under jockey Chad Schvaneveldt, took second by a length over 2-to-1 favorite Our Nautique.  

    “I couldn’t have had a better trip,” said Schvanveldt.  “When I asked him, he jumped through the bridle.  The way the horse had been working I knew he had a good chance to win this race.  He ran great.”

     Cigar Man, owned in partnership by Ronald Manzi and Russell Sarno, earned $60,000 for the All American win.  

     Saturday’s card at Golden Gate Fields features a Pick Six carryover of $128,659, the largest carryover of the year.  First post is 12:45 p.m. and the Pick Six will be held on races four through nine.  Post time for the fourth race is 2:19 p.m.