Omega Code, winning the San Miguel, worked Sunday.

Omega Code, winning the San Miguel, worked Sunday.

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Team Valor's Omega Code Zips in First Work

San Miguel (gr. III) winner Omega Code posted his first breeze for new owners Team Valor Sunday, zipping a bullet five furlongs in :58 2/5 breezing at Santa Anita.

He worked while in company with the John Dolan-trained Alices Silver Lady, who was given the same time as her workmate. The moves were easily the fastest of the 56 who worked at the distance.

"It was a little quicker than we would have liked," trainer Wesley Ward said, "but I think he worked all right anyway."

Mike Smith, who was dropped as the rider for Eclipse 2-year-old champion Vindication in favor of Jerry Bailey last week, was in the saddle for the work. Smith will replace Martin Pedroza when the colt starts for the first time in Team Valor silks in the $200,000 San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) on Mar. 1, Ward said.

The one-mile San Rafael will be Omega Code's first attempt around two turns. The son of Elusive Quality, who won the six-furlong San Miguel in his last start, was sold last week for $1.1 million and subsequently syndicated for $1.2 million for stud duty at Margaux Farm near Midway, Kentucky. Ward reportedly retains a 25 percent ownership of Omega Code, who currently owns a career line of 5-3-1-1, $159,990.

Other notable names on the Sunday work tab included millionaire Grey Memo, who breezed for the first time since a third-place finish in the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic on Jan 25. The California-bred, prepping to return to Dubai and defend his title in the Godolphin Mile on Mar. 23, went a half-mile in :50 breezing for trainer Mel Stute.

Stute also sent out Stronach Stables' Buffythecenterfold, last seen finishing off the board in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. 1) Oct. 26, for a four-furlong breeze in :52 2/5.

Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, who was back Saturday morning working horses for the first time since the filming of the Seabiscut move wrapped last month, was aboard Gold Rush Stakes winner Spensive for a five-furlong move in :59 1/5. Trainer Bob Baffert is still unsure of where he'll start the Florida-bred son of Ponche next.

Baffert also sent out another highly-regarded 3-year-old, Truckle Feature, who went five furlongs in :59 1/5 under regular rider Dana Barnes.

Neil Drysdale sent out classic-placed Sunday Break for a six-furlong turf work in 1:15 4/5, handily. The Japanese-bred son of Forty Niner's effort earned the bullet for the distance on the day, but not a commitment from trainer Neil Drysdale as to where he'll start next.