Race 9. John B. Connally Turf Cup S. For four-year-old and up at 1 1/3 miles on the turf. Purse $200,000.
|1||Prospector Fever||Ernesto Valdez-Jiminez||Sarah Nicole Davidson||30/1|
|2||Cross Border -SCR|
|3||Patriot Drive||Colby J. Hernandez||Michael J. Maker||20/1|
|4||Zumurudee||Brian Hernandez, Jr.||Michael Stidham||15/1|
|5||Yeowzer||Iram Vargas Diego||Karl Broberg||30/1|
|6||Another Mystery||Jose Valdivia, Jr.||Chris M. Block||12/1|
|7||Marzo||Corey J. Lanerie||Michael J. Maker||9/2|
|8||Nate’s Attack -SCR|
|9||Dot Matrix||Florent Geroux||Brad H. Cox||4/1|
|10||Tracksmith||Adam Beschizza||Joe Sharp||10/1|
|11||Sleepy Eyes Todd||David Cabrera||Miguel Angel Silva||6/1|
|12||Bemma’s Boy||Tyler Gaffalione||Michael J. Maker||6/1|
Dot Matrix enters off a third-place finish in the G3 Red Smith at Aqueduct. He raced six times in 2019 and finished in the top three five times. He won the Ashley T. Cole Stakes at Belmont Park
Tracksmith won the Woodchopper last out at Fair Grounds. He had a wide trip , forced seven wide in the first turn, rallied to win the Dec. 28 Woodchopper Stakes. He finished second in the Commonwealth Turf Stakes (G3T) at Churchill on a good course. He was first or second in five of six starts last year. He will face older horses for the first time Sunday.
Sleepy Eyes Todd will be making his turf debut off a victory in the Jeffrey Hawk Memorial at Remington Park. He was finished second in the Oklahoma Derby (G3).
Patriot Drive will be testing the marathon distance for the first time.
Bemma’s Boy easily won a 1 ½ mile allowance race at Keenland. He was fourth, beaten less than a length, in the Nov. 16 River City Handicap (G3T) at Churchill Downs after a poor start and wide trip.
J’s Top Three Picks:
- Dot Matrix
- Bemma’s Boy