11/11/2003 1:00AM

Unbeaten colts ready to go at it

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Sir Oscar (above) swept the Florida Stallion Stakes while Wynn Dot Comma was romping over open company on the undercards of the series races. On Saturday, the Florida-bred 2-year-olds will meet in the seven-furlong Jack Price Stakes.

MIAMI - A battle of unbeatens is always a special event, whether the arena is a football field, basketball court, boxing ring - or the racetrack. On Saturday at Calder, the much-anticipated meeting between undefeated 2-year-olds Sir Oscar and Wynn Dot Comma will finally take place.

Sir Oscar and Wynn Dot Comma will put their unblemished records on the line in the $150,000 Jack Price Stakes. The seven-furlong dash is not the richest of the six stakes on the $1 million Florida Million Day program, but it is certainly the most intriguing.

Sir Oscar and Wynn Dot Comma, both Florida-breds, are members of a promising crop of juveniles stabled at Calder. The group also includes Silver Wagon, winner of Saratoga's Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes, and Chatter Chatter, who will be the prohibitive favorite to win the $150,000 Joe O'Farrell Juvenile Fillies earlier on Saturday's card.

Sir Oscar recently completed a sweep of the open division of the Florida Stallion Stakes to remain undefeated in five starts. He is a son of Halo's Image and is owned by his breeder, Oscar Novo. Sir Oscar has been tested only once, when he was extended by the graded-stakes-placed Charming Jim before he squeezed out a game neck victory in the 5 1/2-furlong Criterium Stakes on July 5.

Wynn Dot Comma, by Smuggler, has won his first four appearances by a combined margin of more than 16 lengths. He was ineligible for the Stallion Stakes and thus was relegated to the undercard on the days Sir Oscar captured the Affirmed and In Reality divisions of the series.

On those days, however, Wynn Dot Comma dominated open company to win the five-furlong Herecomesmybaby and six-furlong Birdonthewire stakes in his last two starts. He earned a 95 Beyer Speed Figure, 6 points higher than Sir Oscar's career best, while winning the Birdonthewire with speed to spare.

Manny Azpurua trains Sir Oscar, and Marty Wolfson trains Wynn Dot Comma for owner Martin Cherry. Each trainer relishes the opportunity to meet in the Jack Price and is confident his horse will prevail.

"I have watched Marty's horse run the last two times, and I respect him very much," Azpurua said. "There will be others in this race who have been running well, but Wynn Dot Comma is the horse to beat. I am expecting one of us to win."

Azpurua said that even though Sir Oscar will be turning back from 1 1/16 miles to seven furlongs, the distance of the race could be to Sir Oscar's advantage.

"The other horse is fast and has run some very good Beyers," said Azpurua. "But that was at five and six furlongs. He still must prove he can do it going seven furlongs. My colt has already done that."

But Wolfson thinks seven-eighths of a mile is also the ideal distance for Wynn Dot Comma.

"My horse is training beautifully, and seven furlongs should be perfect for him," Wolfson said. "He is extremely fast, but I believe he'll carry his speed up to a mile. He went the opening half in 44 and change in his last race and still finished up strong.

"If Jerry [Bailey] can get him to relax and go a half in 46 on Saturday, I don't think they'll catch him. These are two very nice 2-year-olds, and no matter the outcome of this race, they'll both still be very nice 2-year-olds after it's over."

One man with firsthand knowledge of both Sir Oscar and Wynn Dot Comma is jockey Julio Garcia. He rode Sir Oscar to all five of his victories and was aboard Wynn Dot Comma for two of his four wins, including the Herecomesmybaby. Garcia will ride Sir Oscar in the Jack Price.

"The first thing I said to Marty the first time I rode Wynn Dot Comma was 'Wow,' " Garcia said. "That's how much he impressed me. He's very fast and very dangerous. But I still think I will beat him Saturday with Sir Oscar."

Sir Oscar's victory in the two-turn In Reality showed he was a "special horse," Garcia said. "He did it easily even though he was tossing his head a little and seemed a bit confused going around that first turn," he said. "And I think he's even better at seven furlongs."

Garcia said the post position draw will likely dictate his strategy.

"I'd prefer to draw outside Wynn Dot Comma but not be too far outside," said Garcia. "My horse can sit back and run from off the pace, but I plan to stay close. I don't want to take a chance he'll get too far away from us."

Despite their confidence in Sir Oscar's chances on Saturday, both Azpurua and Garcia are realistic enough to agree that the winning streak probably has to end sometime.

"By late Saturday afternoon, at least one of us won't be unbeaten anymore," Azpurua said. "I just hope it's not me."

"I'm excited about this race," Garcia said, "but I'm approaching it just like any other race. And if we don't win, it won't be the end of the world. Eventually they all get beat sometime."