Covfefe Looks Sharp for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint
Covfefe has been a popular “word” twice. It first became a meme when President Trump misspelled “coverage” as “covfefe” it in a tweet. This year it has regained its popularity in the form of a racehorse.
Early Life (2016-17)
That racehorse is a beautiful daughter of Into Mischief out of the Unbridled mare Antics. She was bred by Alexander-Grove Thoroughbreds in Kentucky. Her pedigree boasts many great names, including Affirmed on her sire’s side and Alydar on her dam’s side. Northern Dancer, Storm Cat, Mr. Prospector, and others also make an appearance.
With so much talent in her bloodlines, it is no surprise that the filly brought a cool $250,000 at the 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. LNJ Foxwoods, the parents and daughter team of Larry, Nanci, and Jaime Roth, were impressed with the filly’s pedigree and looks and put up the money to purchase her.
They then sent the filly to McKathan Brothers farm for her breaking process where Jamie said the filly showed speed and ability.
After the filly was broke, it was time to begin a career on the racetrack.
Two-Year Old Season (2018)
Covfefe was sent to trainer Brad H. Cox. She flourished in his care. Exactly one year after her purchase at the Keeneland Yearling Sale, Covfefe wowed Churchill Downs with a sensational debut.
[video: watch Covfefe's debut]
The filly was the talk of the industry after that race. She had a funny name and a huge amount of talent to go along with it. Her debut was so impressive that her connections entered her into the Gr.1 Frizette Stakes for her next start.
At the top of the stretch, Covfefe was aimed on Jaywalk and looked like she had the chance to overtake her. Unfortunately, the filly couldn’t catch Jaywalk and faded to a fourth place finish.
The decision was made not to enter Covfefe in any other races for the rest of the year. She was given some time off to grow and mature, time that would prove beneficial the following year.
Three-Year Old Season (2019)
Covfefe returned to the racetrack on April 6th, 2019 at Keeneland and made her three-year old debut a winning one, holding off a persistent rival in the stretch.
Her win made her connections confident enough to take her back up to the graded stakes level. They shipped the filly to Pimlico for the Gr.3 Miss Preakness. The six furlong race was a cut back in distance from the mile Frizette that she had lost the previous year.
Covfefe proved both the distance relief and her layoff to be beneficial. She absolutely smashed her competition, winning easily by 8 ½ lengths and setting a track record of 1:07.70 for 6 furlongs.
Next, she was entered in the Roxelana Overnight Stakes where she felt defeat to Mia Mischief and Awestruck.
After her loss, Covfefe was put back into the Gr.1 company for the first time since the Frizette as a two-year old. In the Gr.1 Test Stakes she would be facing horses like Kentucky Oaks winner Serengeti Empress and Bellafina.
The race proved itself to be an exciting one. Covfefe kept her nose at Serengeti Empress’ flank throughout the entire race. Once the field hit the far turn, Covfefe matched herself up with the Kentucky Oaks winner and a battle began. The two fillies charged down the stretch together, matching strides and stirring up screams and cheers from the crowd. Just steps from the wire, Covfefe put her neck in front to win.
[Video: Watch Covfefe & Serengeti Empress duel in the Gr.1 Test Stakes]
Covfefe’s connections set their sights on the Gr.1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. They put her in just one more prep race - the Dogwood Stakes at Churchill Downs. Without Serengeti Empress to challenge her, Covfefe ran the race in her typical fashion. She sat just off the pacesetter in second and then ran away from the rest of the field in the stretch like they were standing still.
Her win set another record, this time a stakes record of 1:20.51.
"She's definitely the most talented horse LNJ has ever owned. She's so special to us and such a talent. She's just very special,” Jaime Roth told BloodHorse after her filly’s victory in the Dogwood.
Covfefe is now ready for the biggest test of her career: the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. It will be her first time running in California. If she brings the same type of talent she typically does, she has a fantastic shot at winning.
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