11/13/2003 12:00AM

More than two good ones in Price


MIAMI - The focus of attention and much of the wagering in Saturday's $150,000 Jack Price Juvenile will be on undefeated 2-year-olds Sir Oscar and Wynn Dot Comma. But from a handicapping standpoint, the seven-furlong dash is more than just a two-horse race.

The Jack Price and its filly counterpart, the $150,000 Joe O'Farrell Juvenile Fillies, will feature some of the most promising youngsters to race here in years. Along with the two unbeaten colts, the Jack Price also drew stakes winner Stolen Time, the much-improved Cheetah Speed, the speedy Ice Wynnd Fire, and four others.

The O'Farrell figures to be dominated by the sensational Chatter Chatter, who has won her last two starts by a combined 43 lengths, including the 1 1/16-mile My Dear Girl division of the Florida Stallion Stakes by 19 1/2 lengths.

Sir Oscar has won all five of his career starts and last month became the sixth horse to sweep a division of the Florida Stallion Stakes. Trained by Manny Azpurua for owner-breeder Oscar Novo, Sir Oscar has already won at the seven-furlong distance of the Jack Price, and figures to trip out well off what figures to be an honest pace.

Jockey Julio Garcia, Sir Oscar's regular rider, was hoping for a starting position just outside Wynn Dot Comma - and, sure enough, got his wish. Sir Oscar will break from post 5, one stall outside the speedy Wynn Dot Comma.

"I don't want the other horse to get too far away," said Garcia, who also rode Wynn Dot Comma to two of his four career victories.

Wynn Dot Comma has barely been challenged in his four starts, and comes off his best yet - an easy four-length victory in the six-furlong Birdonthewire Stakes, for which he earned a 95 Beyer Speed Figure. Wynn Dot Comma, to be ridden by Jerry Bailey, will race uncoupled in the wagering with stablemate Ice Wynnd Fire. Both horses are trained by Marty Wolfson.

"I think my horse will carry his speed anywhere up to a mile, and if Jerry can get him to relax and slow the pace to 46 [seconds], I don't think they'll catch him," said Wolfson.

While Sir Oscar and Wynn Dot Comma are logical choices, Stolen Time and Cheetah Speed demand respect at what figures to be good prices.

The lightly raced Stolen Time has improved with every start and comes off a three-quarter length victory over the promising Second of June in the mile and 70-yard Foolish Pleasure Stakes. He has trained brilliantly since that performance with a series of bullet and near-bullet works for trainer Bill White.

Cheetah Speed improved dramatically in his last start, rallying from last place in a first-level allowance for a 6 3/4-length victory. His 91 Beyer that day is the second-highest among the nine horses in the Jack Price lineup.

"I think he should improve going seven furlongs, and I'm really anxious to see what he'll do against this kind of competition," said Cheetah Speed's trainer, Eddie Plesa Jr.

It will be a major upset if Chatter Chatter loses in the Joe O'Farrell, where most of her competition is suspect at the distance. The exception is You Are Stormy, who won her maiden by a dozen lengths at seven furlongs for a claiming tag in early October.

Chatter Chatter, to be ridden by Bailey, will be turning back off two brilliant victories around two turns and has turned in a pair of bullet works since the My Dear Girl.