Entries and J’S Picks for John B. Connally Turf Cup S.(G3T)

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.

Entries:

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
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
  • Marzo

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