Zavata, winning the Saratoga Special.

Zavata, winning the Saratoga Special.

Adam Coglianese

No Derby Trail for Recovering Zavata

Michael Tabor's grade II winner Zavata, last seen being eased in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Arlington Park on Oct. 26, may return to training as soon as mid-February, Patrick Biancone's assistant, Yan Durepaire, said.

The Kentucky-bred son of Phone Trick, who won last summer's Tremont Stakes (gr. III) and Saratoga Special (gr. II), suffered a slight injury to a hind leg in the World Thoroughbred Championships, which resulted in a decision to give the colt some time off.

"He hasn't done much during his time off," Durepaire said. "He's just been taking it easy and walking in the shed row since the Breeders' Cup. He'll get one last visit from the vet in about two weeks and after that he'll be put back into training."

Though once considered a contender for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Zavata is being pointed toward some of the bigger races for sophomores later in the year.

Zavata has earned $226,040 from a career line of 6-3-1-1.