(Trainer Tom Amoss, who conditions Planters Punch / 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. Planters Punch, a 3YO son of Maclean’s Music and trained by Tom Amoss, is our next “Horse to Watch.” This one cost a nice $350,000 at the OBS Sale last June and ran 2nd by just a 1/2-length in the career debut at the Fair Grounds on Dec. 26. Will make the 2022 debut soon, but got a prep for that next appointed round with a 4-furlong work in New Orleans today. Went the half-mile in :49.40, which was the 17th best time out of 49 to go the distance. It was the first published move since the race. Look for more out of this one soon.
  2. Sequist, a 3YO daughter of Nyquist and trained by Dallas Stewart, is coming off a 5th place finish to the undefeated Echo Zulu in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Del Mar last November. Before that one, she ran 3rd to Juju’s Map in the G1 Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland. Has been facing some of the best of her generation, to date. Got a little break after the Breeders’ Cup, but got her 3rd published work this morning, since being returned to serious training on Dec. 22. Went 4 furlongs in :51.20. That was the 42nd best time out of the 49. Look for this one to crank it up soon.
  3. Bourbon War, now a 6YO gelded son of Tapit and now trained by Ian Wilkes, is on the road to recovery and hopefully a little better racing luck. Once upon a time, this one used to be considered a real good one, and, perhaps, a leading contender to win a KY Derby. In 2019, he ran 2nd to Code of Honor in the G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Lost that by less than a length. After running 4th in the Florida Derby, the connections skipped the Derby and ran in both the Preakness Stakes (8th) and the Belmont Stakes (10th). Later, he ran 2nd in the Better Talk Now Stakes at Saratoga. But it has been awhile between drinks of water. Has now won a race since 2019, when he captured an allowance at Gulfstream. A year ago, he raced 5 times and had a 2nd; a 3rd; and a 4th. Hope there is a little more left in the tank. Worked this morning at Palm Meadows Training Center. Went 5 furlongs in 1:00.55. That was the bullet move of the day out of 3 to go the distance. I’m rooting for this one.
  4. Going to Vegas, a 5YO daughter of Goldencents and trained by Richard Baltas, worked this morning at Santa Anita. The multiple Graded Stakes winner — who captured the G1 Rodeo Drive Stakes at “The Great Race Place” last October and the G2 John C. Mabee Stakes at Del Mar last September — went 3 furlongs in :37.20. This was the first published work since running 11th in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf. In 23 lifetime starts, this one has a record of 7-8-2 and has earned over $634,000 in the career. Just starting the road back, but glad to see she is on her way.
  5. Classier, a 4YO son of Empire Maker and trained by the embattled Bob Baffert, worked at Santa Anita today, as well. This one — who cost a hefty $775,000 for the connections at the 2019 KEE September Year Sale — does have 2 wins in 5 career starts. That’s the good news. Bad news? Has had only 5 career starts. Just 3 in 2021. Just one since winning the G3 Los Alamitos Derby last July. “Baffling Bob” just can’t seem to keep this one on the race path. Got his 5th published work since being returned to serious training on Nov. 25. Went 6 furlongs today in 1:11.80. Not surprising, this was the only one to go that far in the work environment. What’s next?