(Instant Coffee / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

We are back looking at the daily workout schedule from around the country. Every day (Some days?), we scour the work tabs at racetracks all over the country.  We are looking for workouts that may be of interest and helpful to you — as both race fans and handicappers.  Some of the horses we will be tracking, you will know.  Some of them, you may not know — as of yet.

We are back…Take a look:

  1. Red Route One — This 3YO son of Gun runner ran 3rd in the G1 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity last October behind eventual Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Forte. In 5 career starts so far, has only one win — in a MSW event at KY Downs and over the grass. But this one may be pointed to all the Derby preps in Louisiana this Spring for Team Winchell. Worked this morning in New Orleans. Went 4 furlongs in a pedestrian-like :51.80. That was the 36th best time out of 43 to go that far. It was the first work since he went 4 furlongs at Churchill Downs in mid-December. More to come here. Stay tuned.
  2. Instant Coffee — This 3YO son of Bolt d’Oro may be one of the most impressive guys on the march to this year’s G1 KY Derby for trainer Brad Cox. Won the G2 KY Jockey Club Stakes in her last outing on Nov. 26 and did that in style — rallying from well back in the pack to win going away by an easy 11/4-lengths. Only loss on the resume is a 4th in the G1 Breeder’s Futurity at Keeneland in October. Went 5 furlongs today at the Fair Grounds in 1:03 flat. That was the 12th best time out of 17 to go the distance.
  3. Judo — A 3YO son of Street Sense and another from the Cox barn was Instant Coffee’s workmate this a.m. Went the same distance in the same time. This guy has started twice so far and has a win and a 2nd on the resume. Look for more out of this one, who is by a KY Derby winner. Look for more out of this one soon.
  4. Powerful — A 3YO son of KY Derby winner Nyquist and trained by Steve Asmussen, worked at Oaklawn Park this morning. This one — who has two wins and a 2nd in the first 4 races of the career — went 4 furlongs in :51.40. That was the 27th bet time out of 42 to go the distance in Hot Springs. The only miscue on the resume is an 11th in the G1 Breeders’ Futurity at KEE. Was a step slow in that event and never got into the mix for rider Jose Ortiz. Came back to finish the year with a win in the Ed Brown Stakes at Churchill Downs when getting Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle. Won that one by a length after flashing speed in the 61/2-furlong event. Better as a sprinter?
  5. Field Pass — This 6YO son of Lemon Drop Kid, who ran a disappointing 6th in the recent Prairie Bayou Stakes at Turfway Park on Dec. 17, was back at it this morning at the Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida for trainer Mike Maker. Went 4 furlongs over the dirt track there in a time of :50 flat. That was the 5th best time out of 7 to travel the distance. In 32 lifetime starts now, this one has a record of 9-3-5 and has earned nearly $1.2 million in purses. Not bad for a horse that sold as a yearling in 2018 for a modest $37,000. Great buy.
  6. Casa Creed — A 7YO son of Jimmy Creed and still in the barn of trainer Bill Mott found the track at Payson Park in Florida this morning. Went 3 furlongs in :37.80 — which was the bullet move out of 2 to go the distance. It was his first published work since running 9th in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at KEE on Nov. 5. This guy has won over $1.7 million now in a career that has produced 7 wins in 29 starts. Last win came in the G1 Fourstardave Stakes at Saratoga last August. More in the tank?
  7. Art Collector — This 6YO son of Bernardini — who finished the 2022 season with a 5th in the g2 Lukas Classic at Churchill Downs — was back in action at Payson Park today, as well. This one worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.60. That was the only time registered at the distance today. Will be interesting to see where Mott points this one next. He has earned over $2.3 million now and may still be ready to add to the tab.
  8. Justique — This 3YO daughter of Justify is coming off a win in the Desi Arnaz Stakes at Del Mar Turf Club last November and may be on the road to the 2023 KY Oaks soon for trainer John Shirreffs. This gal — who sold for a hefty $725,000 at the 2021 Keeneland September Yearling Sale — went 4 furlongs over the dirt track in :48 flat. That was the 12th best time out of 39 to clock the distance. Look for this one to make a start soon. Looks primed.
  9. National Treasure — This 3YO son of Quality Road, who last ran 3rd in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at KEE last November for trainer Bob Bafferet, worked at Santa Anita this morning. Went 6 furlongs in 1:11.60. That was the bullet move out of 5 to clock the distance. Looks like this one is ready for the next appointed round. After 3 career starts now, has a mark of 1-1-1. Will be interesting what happens with this one over the Winter / Spring months. Trainer — and his horses — are still barred from Churchill Downs.