Covfefe 'worked great' toward headlining Churchill's Dogwood

By Kevin Kerstein/Churchill Downs
September 14, 2019 10:56am
LNJ Foxwoods’ Grade 1-winning Covfefe is set for next Saturday’s $125,000 Dogwood Stakes at Churchill Downs – likely her final start in advance of the Nov. 2 Breeders’ Cup.

Trained by Brad Cox, the strikingly fast 3-year-old sprinter has recorded back-to-back five-furlong bullet workouts as she blazes her path into the Dogwood. The bay filly by Into Mischief cruised five furlongs in :59.40 at 5:30 a.m. Friday beneath the Twin Spires.

“Our goal was to get Covfefe a Grade 1 win, and we were able to do just that in the Test,” Cox said. “She came back from the race quicker than we originally anticipated. It was such an awesome race that afternoon with two great fillies battling down the lane.

“She’s come to Churchill and worked fantastic into the race. This race fits well on the calendar and we don’t have to ship her.”

Covfefe is expected to be the heavy favorite in the seven-furlong contest for 3-year-old fillies, with the Dogwood the featured event on next Saturday’s 11-race program. The race also is expected to include Istan Council and Free Cover when entries are taken Wednesday.

Prior to Covfefe’s hard-fought victory over Kentucky Oaks winner Serengeti Empress in the $500,000 Test, she smashed the six-furlong track record at Pimlico by winning the $150,000 Miss Preakness Stakes (GIII) by 8 ½ lengths in a final time of 1:07.70 for six furlongs.

Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan will have the call on Covfefe in the Dogwood.

 

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