Omega Code Training, Ready to Work

Team Valor's Omega Code, forced to miss Saturday's San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita due to a foot bruise, is training and may work again as soon as Tuesday, according to Blake Heap, assistant to trainer Wesley Ward.

"He jogged (Friday) and had a nice, easy gallop (Saturday)," Heap said. "We're kind of day-to-day with him. He may have grabbed the inside heel of his left foot or an abscess may have opened up, we just don't know for sure. But it's healing very well, which is good right now. At first (Ward) thought he'd work him on Monday, but I think we've pushed it back to Tuesday to give him an extra day to gallop and get back on track."

Omega Code won the six-furlong San Miguel Stakes (gr. III) in his last start Jan. 12 and was set to stretch out around two turn for the first time in the San Rafael. The son of Elusive Quality is preparing to make his first start for his new owners. Team Valor bought 75 percent interest for $1.2 million about a month ago.

From five starts, Omega Code owns three wins, one second and a third for earnings of $159,990. In addition to the winning the six-furlong San Miguel, he took top honors in the Ron and Jessman Cloud Memorial Stakes at Fresno in October, setting the track record for six furlongs when he stopped the clock in 1:07 3/5.

Heap said no start has been picked out for Omega Code, although he may be ready as soon as next weekend for the 1 1/16-mile El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields.

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