Sir Oscar Works 7fs in 1:28 3/5 for Fountain of Youth

from a Gulfstream Park report

Undefeated 3-year-old Sir Oscar worked seven furlongs in 1:28 3/5 for trainer Manny Azpurua Friday morning at Gulfstream Park. The son of Halo's Image, who is six-for-six including a sweep of last year's Florida Stallions Series races at Calder, was bred in Florida by Oscar Novo and is owned by International Fair Play Inc.

According to Azpurua, the colt galloped out a mile in 1:41 3/5. Sir Oscar was returned to his base at Calder where he will work at least one more time prior to the Feb. 14 Fountain of Youth (gr. II) at 1 1/16 miles.

"Everything went very good and I'm so pleased about the way he's doing everything right now," said Azpurua. "We're going to find out this time if all of those babies from up north and all the horses here can beat him or if I can beat them."

In addition to his Friday work, Sir Oscar has also posted two recent bullet drills at Calder while workig toward his sophomore debut. He last raced on Nov. 15 against Florida-breds in the Jack Price Juvenile Stakes. Azpurua says Sir Oscar has developed nicely during his time off without getting too big.

"He's added a lot of muscle weight," he said. "There's almost no kind of fat on him. He's never going to be a really big horse. He's not a very big muscular looking horse, but he is really looking strong. He runs to what the other horses make him do. If they make him run fast, he will go fast. If they try to take it easy, he'll do that too. He's already very smart. I have no complaints so far and I hope I can keep it that way."