Ward, Moore and Butler's San Miguel Stakes (gr. III) winner Omega Code is gearing up for his first attempt at two turns in the March 1 San Rafael Stakes (gr. II), which will be contested at one mile, and worked a half-mile in :50, handily, over Santa Anita's fast main track Monday morning. Trainer Wesley Ward said he was pleased with the sophomore son of Elusive Quality's move, which was the 34th fastest of the 47 horses who worked at the distance.
Though the trio of owners has fielded many offers to purchase the colt, no sale has been finalized.
Also on the worktab Monday was The Thoroughbred Corp's Kafwain (which means ëthe man' in Arabic), who logged five furlongs in :58 4/5 in company with stablemate Weatherman, who stopped the clock for the same distance in :59 4/5. The son of Cherokee Run, who finished second in the Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) but was disqualified and placed fourth for interfering with stablemate Domestic Dispute, will start next in Saturday's San Vicente Stakes (gr. II).
San Pasqual winner Congaree, expected to start next in Sunday's San Antonio Handicap (gr. II), zipped six furlongs in 1:10 4/5 under regular exercise rider Dana Barnes. The son of Arazi is expected to use the San Antonio as a springboard to the $1 million Godolphin Mile, which will be contested as part of the March 29 Dubai World Cup program at Nad Al Sheba in Dubai. His work Monday was the second-fastest of the 24 who worked at the distance.
Gold Rush Stakes winner Spensive, who trainer Bob Baffert considers to be one of his more underrated sophomores, logged the bullet for six furlongs Monday, earning a final time of 1:10 3/5, handily. The Florida-bred son of Ponche most recently finished fourth in the Jan. 11 Golden Gate Derby (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields and may turn up in this weekend's San Vicente.
Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite Vindication was visited by owner Satish Sanan and his family on Monday morning on their way to the Eclipse Awards ceremony in Beverly Hills later on in the evening. The Tampa, Florida, residents began their visit to Southern California on a winning note by watching their hometown team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, beat the Oakland Raiders in Sunday's Super Bowl.