In a battle of unbeaten 2-year-old colts, Sir Oscar edged heavily-favored Wynn Dot Comma by a length in Saturday's $150,000 Jack Price Juvenile at Calder.
The race was everything people hoped it would be. Sir Oscar, who swept this summer's Florida Stallion Stakes series, was unbeaten in five starts while Wynn Dot Comma had won all four of his career starts. Coming down the stretch of the seven-furlong race, it was those two fighting it out to the finish line.
But in the end, it was Sir Oscar who took another trip to the winner's circle. Another well-regarded colt, Stolen Time, finished third.
Sir Oscar, ridden by his regular jockey Julio Garcia, covered the distance in 1:23 4/5. Sent off as the public's second choice at odds of 5-to-2, he paid $7.60 to win. Wynn Dot Comma, ridden by Jerry Bailey at 3-to-5, returned $2.40 for the place. Stolen Time paid $3.00 to show.
Five of Sir Oscar's six victories have come in stakes races. The colt is a homebred son of Halo's Image owned by Oscar Novo of Argentina, who races under the stable name of International Fair Play Inc. Manuel Azpurua trains the 2-year-old and also conditioned his dam, Miss Medallion, a stakes winner here at Calder.
"Going into this race, I wasn't afraid of anybody," Azpurua said. "I said last night that Wynn Dot Comma was going to be in front until my horse won. The good thing is that he's improving every day. I am so pleased with how he's developed and matured. He impressed me today, but he impresses (us) each day.
"We'll wait and maybe run him in one more before the Florida Derby, possibly the Fountain of Youth."
The $90,000 winner's share increased Sir Oscar's career bankroll to $527,800.