10/13/2003 11:00PM

Sir Oscar may take on Wynn Dot Comma


MIAMI - If trainers Manny Azpurua and Marty Wolfson stick to their plans, Sir Oscar and Wynn Dot Comma are on a collision course.

After Saturday's Festival of the Sun set the stage, both Azpurua and Wolfson said they are pointing their unbeaten juveniles for the $150,000 Jack Price Stakes here on Nov. 15. The seven-furlong Jack Price - shaping up as Calder's race of the year - is one of six races on the $1 million Florida Million program.

Sir Oscar completed his sweep of the Florida Stallion Stakes with a convincing 2 1/4-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile In Reality Stakes. The win was the fifth in a row for Sir Oscar, a homebred son of Halo's Image.

Azpurua immediately ruled out the Breeders' Cup Juvenile as an option for Sir Oscar.

"It's too far too ship and too close to run him back in two weeks," Azpurua said. "I have to do what's best for my horse. He came out of the race well and will likely run just once more this year, and that will be in the Jack Price."

Wynn Dot Comma, who is not eligible for the Florida Stallion Stakes, was just as impressive as Sir Oscar on Saturday - if not more so. Wynn Dot Comma, a son of Struggler, coasted home to an easy four-length victory in the six-furlong Birdonthewire Stakes for his fourth win in as many starts. He earned a 94 Beyer Speed Figure for the performance, six points higher than the 88 Beyer that Sir Oscar received for the In Reality.

"We're definitely pointing for the Jack Price," Wolfson said. "I think seven furlongs is a great distance for him, because he's so rateable. I was particularly impressed with the way he finished his race on Saturday."

Wolfson said he certainly respects but does not fear Sir Oscar.

"I'm not going to say we'll definitely beat him, but I feel good about our chances, especially at seven furlongs," said Wolfson.

Wynn Dot Comma's win in the Birdonthewire was a prelude to bigger and better things later in the day for Wolfson, who also sent out Chatter Chatter in the My Dear Girl Stakes, where she posted a 19 1/2-length victory. But, like Azpurua, Wolfson is resisting the temptation to send his young horse to the Breeders' Cup.

"I won't run her back that quickly," said Wolfson, who trains Chatter Chatter for owner-breeder John Franks. "Right now I'm thinking about sending her to Churchill Downs for the Golden Rod on Nov. 29. I'll talk to Mr. Franks about it later this week. I can ship her out there with Aeneas, who is being pointed for the Clark Handicap one day earlier."

Franks won a pair of stakes on the Festival of the Sun program. He also owns and bred Zak's Precocious, upset winner of the $75,000 Cassidy Stakes.

Franks had planned to be on hand to watch both of his 2-year-old fillies run here Saturday. He was in the air en route to Florida from his home in Louisiana when the flight had to be aborted after the aircraft developed generator problems, according to Wolfson.

"At least he got back in time to watch both races on TVG," said Wolfson.

French Village sent to farm

Trainer Bill White reports that French Village, who finished seventh behind Chatter Chatter and failed in her quest to sweep the filly division of the Stallion Stakes, was sent to owners Eugene and Laura Melnyk's Winding Oaks Farm in Ocala on Monday, where she will get "ample time off."

"She cooled out fine after the race, but naturally we had her scoped and, much to my surprise, she did bleed - not heavily, but significantly," said White, who also saddled Zak's Precocious in the Cassidy for Franks. "There is no question it had to be a major factor in her performance."

White said he expects French Village, who won her first three career starts, to be pointed for a spring campaign.

* Jockey Julio Garcia, who rode Sir Oscar to all three of his Stallion Stakes victories, became the first rider to complete two sweeps of the series. He was also the regular rider on Express Tour, who swept the open division in 2000 for Wolfson.

* The racing community lost renowned equine artist Charlie Tyler, who died at his home in Brooklin, Maine, on Oct. 8.