Undefeated Sir Oscar turned in his fourth impressive career performance Saturday at Calder Race Course in winning the $125,000 Affirmed Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes.
The 2-year-old colt won the seven furlong event by 1 ½ lengths over All True, putting him in position to sweep the FSS series, which culminates with the $400,000 In Reality Division on Oct. 11. In his previous start, he took the $75,000 Dr. Fager Division.
"The next one is the big one," said winning trainer Manny Azpurua. "We've got six weeks (to the In Reality). I don't think that I want to take a chance and run him again before then, but things can change. I really believe he'll go two turns. He's doing everything I could want him to. I just hope there will be less horses next time."
Ridden by jockey Julio Garcia, Sir Oscar stalked the pace set by Taiwan Charley in the Affirmed and made his move on the far outside turning for home. He drew off down the stretch, holding off a fast-closing All True, to win in 1:25 3/5. Owned by Oscar Novo (International Fair Play Inc.), Sir Oscar was the 4-to-5 favorite and paid $3.60.
Sir Oscar joins the 2-year-old filly French Village, winner of the Susan's Girl Division of the FSS earlier on the card, in attempting a sweep of the Florida Stallion Stakes. This is the first time in the history of the program that two undefeated juveniles are in line for sweeps of their respective divisions in the same year.