Team Valor purchased 75 percent ownership of the son of Elusive Quality shortly after he won the six-furlong San Miguel on Jan. 12. He had been considered a possibility for Saturday's El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields.Our Bobby V. is off the Derby trail after his fourth-place finish as the pace-setter in the one-mile San Rafael Stakes (Gr. II). "He came out fine," trainer Bill Spawr said. "I don't think he can go that far. We'll keep him sprinting from now on and point him to the San Pedro (March 22 at 6 ½ furlongs)."
San Miguel winner Omega Code, nursing a foot problem, is off the Triple Crown trail, if, indeed, he ever was on it. "I wouldn't even call it a quarter crack," trainer and 25 percent owner Wesley Ward said. "It's right in the front where it's separated from the wall, so we decided to give him some time. I think in about 10 days, he'll be able to wear a regular shoe on it."(Team Valor) felt the horse was more of a sprint-type than a Derby-type, which I agreed with 100 percent," Ward noted. "They wanted to take him completely off the Derby trail, which I was fine with. He'll probably be out a couple of months."