08/09/2003 12:00AM

Calder: Dominant juvenile winners

Email

MIAMI - Sir Oscar and French Village left little doubt regarding leadership in the local 2-year-old divisions after posting popular, one-sided victories in the $75,000 Dr. Fager and Desert Vixen stakes. The Dr. Fager and Desert Vixen are the opening legs in Calder's rich Florida Stallion Stakes series.

Sir Oscar raced off a contested pace in the Dr. Fager, split the leaders with his bid in early stretch, then drew off to win by four lengths. New England invader Kipper's Night was shuffled back to sixth leaving the quarter pole, then finished with good energy once clear to be second best. Baronage rallied mildly to finish third.

Sir Oscar, who outgamed Charming Jim to win the Criterium Stakes on July 5, paid $4 and completed six furlongs in 1:13.31 seconds under regular rider Julio Garcia. The victory was the third in as many starts for Sir Oscar, who is owned by Oscar Novo and trained by Manny Azpurua.

"Every day he keeps showing me what a good horse he is and keeps getting better and better," Azpurua said. "Julio [Garcia] had to kind of push his way through there but once he got clear he won pretty easily."

French Village also remained undefeated after posting an impressive 3 1/4-length triumph over Family Favorite and six other overmatched juvenile fillies in the six-furlong Desert Vixen, the filly counterpart to the Dr. Fager.

French Village received a perfect trip under jockey Cecelio Penalba. She stalked the dueling pair of Sami's Girl and Mystical Delite, swung three wide to readily take command leaving the quarter pole, and then gradually edged away in the final furlong. Family Favorite, who like Kipper's Night shipped down from Suffolk Downs for trainer George Handy, easily held off Prohibido Olividar to finish second.

French Village's final time of 1:12.46 was nearly a full second faster than Sir Oscar covered the same distance winning the Dr. Fager. She paid $3.

"She bled slightly after her first start so I gave her Lasix today," said Bill White, who trains French Village for owners Eugene and Laura Melnyk. "The Melnyk's purchased this horse for $100,000 at the OBS April sales specifically to run in the Stallion Stakes series."

Both Sir Oscar and French Village will be pointed for the middle legs of the Stallion Stakes, the $125,000 Affirmed and Susan's Girl stakes, on Aug. 30.