10/07/2003 11:00PM

Series sweeps could come from inside, out


MIAMI - French Village and Sir Oscar will be Mrs. Inside and Mr. Outside when they attempt to sweep their respective divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes on Saturday's $1.5 million Festival of the Sun program at Calder.

French Village was assigned post 1 for the $400,000 My Dear Girl Stakes, while Sir Oscar drew the outside, post 9, for the $400,000 In Reality Stakes. Post positions were drawn Wednesday for Calder's cornerstone event, the Festival of the Sun, a 13-race program that includes six other stakes, including the Grade 3, $200,000 Calder Derby.

Both French Village and Sir Oscar enter the Festival of the Sun undefeated and as winners of the opening two legs of their divisions of the Stallion series. French Village seeks to become only the second filly to pull off the sweep, while Sir Oscar would be the fifth colt or gelding to win all three legs of the open division.

Nine fillies were entered for the 1 1/16-mile My Dear Girl, including Family Favorite, who was cross-entered by trainer George Handy in the six-furlong Cassidy Stakes here Saturday. The My Dear Girl may become a match race between French Village and her former stablemate Chatter Chatter, who drew post 5 and is one of seven stakes mounts for jockey Jerry Bailey on the Festival of the Sun card.

French Village defeated Chatter Chatter by 1 1/2 lengths in the Susan's Girl Stakes, but Chatter Chatter has since returned to win her maiden by 23 lengths going a mile. French Village has yet to race beyond seven furlongs.

The remainder of the My Dear Girl field is Rider Her Out, Prohibido Olividar, Potion, Runaway Rizzi, Royal Lace, and Queen Geraldine.

A field of nine was also drawn for the 1 1/16-mile In Reality, although two of the nine, Kipper's Night and Sea Clip, were also entered in the $75,000 Birdonthewire Stakes earlier in the day.

Sir Oscar is perfect in four starts and has not been seriously challenged in either of the opening two legs of the Stallion Stakes. He won the six-furlong Dr. Fager by four lengths and the seven-furlong Affirmed by a comfortable 1 1/2 lengths, but, like French Village, he has never been around two turns.

All True finished best of all in the Affirmed and may appreciate the added distance of the In Reality. He will start from post 4 and will have the services of Bailey for the first time on Saturday.

Kentucky invader Perpetual Peace, Sir Oscar's uncoupled stablemate Moon Warrior, Tap Dancer, Zakocity, and Baronage round out the starting lineup.

As expected, both the $200,000 Calder Derby and its filly counterpart, the $200,000 Oaks, drew full fields of 12.

Stroll, who has slowly risen to the top of the nation's 3-year-old turf division, will be the odds-on favorite under Bailey to add the Calder Derby to previous victories in the Grade 2 Jamaica Handicap, Grade 2 National Museum of Racing Handicap, and the Lamplighter Handicap. Trained by Bill Mott, Stroll will carry high weight of 122 pounds under the allowance conditions of the Calder Derby, three more than stakes winners Sea Pleasure and Super Frolic.

Formal Miss is the horse to beat in the Oaks for 3-year-old fillies. An easy winner of the Judy's Red Shoes Stakes in her last start, Formal Miss may receive her stiffest competition in the 1 1/8-mile Oaks from Dakota Light or Petionville Indeed, the lone invader in the lineup.

Best of the Rest, idle since winning the Grade 3 Skip Away Handicap on April 20 at Gulfstream Park, returns in quest of his third win in the $100,000 Spend a Buck Handicap, a Grade 3. The 8-year-old son of Skip Trial won the race in 1999 and 2001 and finished second as the 6-5 favorite in last year's edition.

With Bailey aboard, Best of the Rest will carry high weight of 122 pounds in a field that includes Tour of the Cat and Dancing Guy.

Mott and Bailey will also team up with Saintly Action in the $100,000 Shocker T. Handicap, which drew a surprisingly large field of 12 older fillies and mares. Saintly Action has won her last two starts but has not faced stakes company since finishing fifth in the Grade 2 Demoiselle in November 2001. The local contingent is led by Stormy Frolic, Ms Brookski, and Win's Fair Lady.

In a bid for his fourth straight victory, Wynn Dot Comma will go up against 10 other 2-year-olds in the six-furlong Birdonthewire, while Usual Manner and Our Exploit top a field of nine juvenile fillies in the six-furlong Cassidy Stakes.