02/12/2004 12:00AM

Wynn Dot Comma at full strength


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Wynn Dot Comma went into the Grade 3 Spectacular Bid Stakes less than 100-percent fit after missing three weeks of training due to a foot abscess, but he still came out a 1 1/4-length winner. On Saturday, enters the $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes in peak condition, and that does not bode well for his 10 rivals in the seven-furlong dash.

"He missed a lot of valuable training time before the Spectacular Bid and only worked twice since his previous start two months earlier," said Marty Wolfson, who trains Wynn Dot Comma for owner Martin Cherry. "But he hasn't missed a day since the Spectacular Bid, so I expect him to improve off his last one."

Wynn Dot Comma has won five of his six starts; his only loss came at the hands of the undefeated Sir Oscar in Calder's seven-furlong Jack Price Juvenile on Nov. 15.

"Even though his only loss came at seven furlongs, I'm not concerned about the distance," said Wolfson. "The foot abscess that ultimately popped out was obviously bothering him at the time. He also proved he was ratable in the Spectacular Bid. He doesn't have to be on the lead, and I really like that."

Joe Bravo will again get the call aboard Wynn Dot Comma in the Grade 2 Hutcheson.

Wynn Dot Comma will face some familiar faces, like and Ghost Mountain, who finished second and third in the Spectacular Bid.

Making only his third career start in the Spectacular Bid, Saratoga County did well to finish second after being fanned wide off the turn.

Other top contenders include Blushing Indian and Limehouse.

Blushing Indian won the second and faster division of a first-level allowance race Jan. 7, with a final time of 1:22.86 seconds, more than a second faster than the undefeated Frisky Spider's time over the same distance in the opening split.

Leading trainer Todd Pletcher will send out Limehouse and Deputy Storm as an uncoupled entry. Limehouse won the Grade 3 Bashford Manor at Churchill Downs on July 20. The same afternoon Deputy Storm captured Monmouth's Tyro Stakes.

Harbour Gate is a lightly raced but promising 3-year-old who will get a class check after easily winning a seven-furlong maiden allowance race by 6 1/2 lengths Jan. 24.

Weigelia also makes his stakes bow after extending the odds-on Frisky Spider before dropping a tough three-quarter-length decision under entry level allowance conditions Jan. 25.