Updated on 09/17/2011 1:51PM

Wynn Dot Comma shows new dimension

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Wynn Dot Comma #4 with Joe Bravo riding wins the $100,000 Grade 3 Spectacular Bid Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Wynn Dot Comma showed a new dimension in Saturday's at Gulfstream Park, rallying from off the pace to a 1 1/4-length victory over runner-up Saratoga County in the Grade 3 sprint for 3-year-olds.

Wynn Dot Comma had raced on or with the pace in each of his five previous starts. But with jockey Joe Bravo aboard for the first time, Wynn Dot Comma rated off a contested pace, swung wide after Smokume bore out into the stretch, then finished full of run once leveling off to wear down the leaders and win going away.

Saratoga County, never far back, was forced wide by Smokume entering the stretch, then finished willingly to be second, three-quarters of a length in front of a rail-skimming Ghost Mountain in third. Smokume held a short lead through midstretch despite not holding the final turn, then faltered gradually in the final sixteenth of a mile.

Wynn Dot Comma paid $5.40 as the favorite in a field of seven 3-year-olds. His final time for the six furlongs was 1:10.60 over a fast track.

The victory was the fifth in six career starts for Wynn Dot Comma, a son of Struggler who is owned by Martin Cherry and trained by Marty Wolfson. His only setback came in his 2-year-old finale, when he was beaten a length by the undefeated Sir Oscar after contesting a rapid pace in Calder's seven-furlong Jack Price Juvenile.

"I knew he could rate because he does it in the morning," said Wolfson. "He missed a month of training after popping a big abscess in a hind foot since his last start, and I only got to work him twice for this race, and the time missed was a major concern. I'm convinced if he

didn't get hooked up in an early speed duel in the Jack Price he'd have beaten Sir Oscar."

Wolfson, who had contemplated skipping the Spectacular Bid in favor of the seven-furlong, $250,000 Sunshine Millions Dash at Santa Anita in two weeks, said he is uncertain what will be next for Wynn Dot Comma.

"I'll see how the Hutcheson comes up before deciding whether to run him there," said Wolfson. "The race I'd really like to run in is the Gotham, which is a one-turn mile."