Covfefe receives final race assignment before Breeders' Cup

August 16, 2019 09:46am

Newly minted Grade 1 winner Covfefe will dip into non-graded company to prep for the Breeders’ Cup.

Trainer Brad Cox said this week that Covfefe is pointing to the $125,000 Dogwood on Sept. 21 at Churchill Downs. The seven-furlong sprint is restricted to 3-year-old fillies.

The Dogwood’s timing and location made the race appealing for Cox, he said.

“We just think that this race fits well on the calendar,” Cox said. “We won’t have to ship her. We’ll run her right out of her own stall.

“We’ll just keep her there up until it’s time to go to California if that’s where we decide to go.” 

Covfefe returned Tuesday to Churchill Downs from Saratoga, where she out-dueled Serengeti Empress in a thrilling Test Stakes (G1) on Aug. 3.

The Test victory solidified Covfefe as a top contender for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, scheduled for Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park. That showcase also goes seven furlongs, another reason Cox said the Dogwood was a logical prep.

Covfefe, a Kentucky-bred Into Mischief filly, has won four times in six starts for owners LNJ Foxwoods, earning $483,300. 

Her 107 Beyer figure when winning the Miss Preakness Stakes (G3) on May 17 at Pimlico is the second-best any male or female her age has posted in 2019. Only Shancelot, who tallied a 121 Beyer on July 28 in Saratoga’s Amsterdam Stakes (G2), out-ranks Covfefe among 3-year-old ratings.

Break Even is the other graded-stakes winning, 3-year-old, filly sprinter in the Cox barn. She’s 6-for-6 in her career, with Churchill’s Eight Belles Stakes (G2) on May 3 highlighting her undefeated record.

Cox said Break Even will contest Grade 2 company again Aug. 31 in Saratoga’s $250,000 Prioress, a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-old fillies.

Klein Racing campaigns Break Even, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Country Day who’s earned $424,900 for her six victories.

 

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