09/01/2003 11:00PM

French Village, Sir Oscar: One more!


MIAMI - Two down and one to go.

That's the rallying cry in the barns of trainers Bill White and Manny Azpurua after their undefeated 2-year-olds French Village and Sir Oscar, respectively, won Saturday's Susan's Girl and Affirmed divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes.

The two juveniles will have a chance to sweep their respective divisions in the $400,000 My Dear Girl and In Reality stakes Oct. 11.

If French Village and Sir Oscar make it into the starting gate for the final legs of the 2003 Stallion Stakes, it would be the first time in the 22-year history of the series that two horses went into the finals with a chance for a sweep. In 1982, El Kaiser and Crystal Rail both won their first two legs, but Crystal Rail did not start in the My Dear Girl. El Kaiser failed to complete the sweep, finishing third in the In Reality.

Only four colts, Smile (1984), Naked Greed (1991), Seacliff (1995), and Express Tour (2000), and one filly, Nancy's Glitter (1997), have swept the Stallion Stakes.

French Village has dominated the fillies, winning her first three starts by a combined margin of 12 1/2 lengths. A daughter of Jules, she is owned by Laura and Eugene Melnyk. White says he plans to train French Village up to the 1 1/16-mile My Dear Girl.

"She's a light-bodied filly who doesn't need and will not handle a lot of hard training," said White. "The challenge is to get her fit enough to go two turns in five weeks without draining the tank."

French Village's only challenge in the Susan's Girl on Saturday came from her former stablemate Chatter Chatter, who was easily second in a field of seven juveniles fillies. Chatter Chatter was transferred from White's barn to trainer Marty Wolfson by owner-breeder John Franks just weeks prior to the race.

"She is a very nice filly herself," White said, referring to Chatter Chatter, who remains a maiden after three starts. "Mr. Franks decided that this was going to be his Stallion Stakes horse, and when French Village emerged he thought it would not be a good idea to have two Stallion Stakes contenders out of the same barn."

Sir Oscar is perfect in four starts, rallying from off the pace to win both the Dr. Fager and Affirmed divisions of the Stallion series.

He gave Azpurua his second Stallion Stakes winner, the first coming 18 years earlier when Cascade won a division of the 1985 Susan's Girl.

Tap Dancer, Ladyinareddress bear watching

While Sir Oscar and French Village are unproven around two turns, both Tap Dancer and Ladyinareddress showed Saturday they could be formidable rivals in the finals of the Stallion Stakes.

Tap Dancer has now won twice going a mile within the last two weeks. On Saturday he ran down 6-5 Charming Jim to capture the Seacliff Stakes. Tap Dancer is owned by Gil Campbell and trained by Kathleen O'Connell. The same combination nearly swept the open division in 1996 with Blazing Sword, who won the opening two legs before finishing third in the In Reality. Like Blazing Sword, Tap Dancer is a son of Sword Dance.

Ladyinareddress finished second behind Pick of the Pack in the one-mile Lindsay Frolic Stakes on Saturday and is expected to come back for the My Dear Girl. Pick of the Pack, a Kentucky-bred, is not eligible for the Stallion Stakes.

* Calder Race Course, its horsemen, the Florida breeders, and the Churchill Downs Simulcast Network all donated their commissions from Saturday's TRF Pick Three, a total of $5,932, to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.