Kentucky Downs hosts two starter allowance races for horses whose connections are hoping for victories and automatic berths in the Claiming Crown Championships at Gulfstream Park.
Brereton C. Jones
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Trainer Mike Maker has won the past three editions of the $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup (G3T) at Same Houston Race Park and he's coming with a loaded hand seeking a fourth straight score Jan. 29.
Sent to post at odds of 29-1 in a field of 11 for the 1 1/16-mile event, Hay Dakota was third-to-last at the top of the stretch but swung wide to deliver his late kick and outran Bondurant at the finish to stop the clock in 1:43.60 over firm turf.