Ten Strike Racing's Dot Matrix grabbed the lead at the start and held it all the way through the wire in Sunday's Grade 3 John B. Connally Turf Cup, fending off the late charges from 5-2 co-favorites Bemma's Boy and Marzo. A 7-year-old son of Freud, Dot Matrix and jockey Florent Geroux ran 1 1/2 miles over Sam Houston's “good” turf course in 2:33.46. Trained by Brad Cox, the New York-bred gelding was the third choice at 3-1 at post time.
The Connally is the first stakes win for Dot Matrix.
Bred in New York by Truxton Stables, Dot Matrix is out of the $200,000-earning Gulch mare Aunt Dot Dot. A relatively consistent allowance and upper-level claiming horse, Dot Matrix won his first stakes race in July of 2018 at Indiana Grand. After an off-the-board finish in his next start, the gelding was given an eight-month break from the races. In 2019, Dot Matrix won an allowance at Churchill and the listed Ashley T. Cole Stakes at Belmont Park before finishing third in the G3 Red Smith.
The Connally improves the gelding's overall record to 10-4-5 from 31 starts for earnings of $600,000.
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