11/15/2003 1:00AM

Battle of unbeatens to Sir Oscar

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Sir Oscar overtakes 6-5 favorite Wynn Dot Comma in the Jack Price Juvenile for his sixth consecutive victory.

MIAMI - Saturday's $150,000 Jack Price Juvenile at Calder delivered as advertised, with the undefeated 2-year-olds Sir Oscar and Wynn Dot Comma hooking up at the head of the stretch, and Sir Oscar gradually edging clear late to win by a length following a furious stretch duel.

Wynn Dot Comma entered the Jack Price unbeaten in four races and, with Jerry Bailey aboard, was sent off the 6-5 favorite. Wynn Dot Comma battled longshot Misguided Left for the early lead and easily passed him leaving the turn, at which point he was immediately joined by Sir Oscar. Wynn Dot Comma and Sir Oscar raced on even terms through midstretch until Sir Oscar ultimately prevailed.

Stolen Time, who had won two of three previous starts, moved to close contention in early stretch but could not match strides with the top pair through the final furlong, finishing another length back in third.

Sir Oscar, who swept all three legs of the Florida Stallion Stakes and is now perfect in six career starts with earnings of $528,800. He paid $7.20 as the second choice in a field of eight 2-year-old colts and geldings and covered the distance in 1:23.83 over a fast track.

"Everything worked out perfectly," said Manny Azpurua, who trains Sir Oscar for owner-breeder Oscar Novo. "He's been training great and improving every day. I am pleased the way he's developed and matured. This race impressed me more than any of his others, even the Stallion Stakes, because this was the best field he's faced so far."

Azpurua said he will now stop on Sir Oscar for the remainder of the year.

"No more," said Azpurua. "That's enough for this year. I'll probably give him one race before the [Florida] derby. He definitely deserves a shot at that one, don't you think?"