Covfefe added to a nearly flawless season Nov. 2 when she held off a late charge from Bellafina to post a three-quarter-length victory in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park.
After tracking in third early behind dueling early leaders Heavenhasmynikki and Danuska’s My Girl through a quarter-mile in :22.13, Covfefe and jockey Joel Rosario launched a sustained three-wide move in the turn to open a clear advantage turning for home. The 3-year-old daughter of Into Mischief then held sway as Santa Anita Oaks (G1) winner Bellafina finished well, giving 3-year-old fillies the exacta.
In winning a third straight stakes race at seven furlongs, LNJ Foxwoods claimed her fifth win in six starts this season and sixth win in eight career starts. Two starts back she prevailed against Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Serengeti Empress in the Test Stakes (G1). She then prepped for Breeders’ Cup with an eight-length romp in the Dogwood Stakes Sept. 21 at Churchill Downs.
Covfefe is trained by Brad Cox, who conditioned last year’s champion 3-year-old filly Monomoy Girl. Covfefe figures to be in the mix for this year’s honor in that division.
Sent off the 3-2 favorite, Covfefe paid $5, $3.60, and $3 across the board while Bellafina returned $5 and $3.60. Late-running Dawn the Destroyer earned a graded stakes placing for a fourth straight race when she rallied for third, 7 3/4 lengths behind Bellafina, paying $6.60 to show. Second-choice Come Dancing, winner of this year’s Ballerina Stakes (G1), finished sixth.
Covfefe completed seven furlongs on a fast track in 1:22.40.
Bred in Kentucky by Alexander-Groves Thoroughbreds, Covfefe is out of unraced Unbridled mare Antics, who boasts six winners from as many starters including Albiano, a grade 2 winner in Japan; and Going Day, who is stakes-placed in France. Out of stakes-winning Danzig mare Aurora, Antics is a half sister to grade 1 winner and sire Arch, grade 1 winner Acoma, and United Arab Emirates Horse of the Year Festival of Light.
Covfefe was purchased for $250,000 by Solis/Litt from the Gainesway consignment at the 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
Cox secured his second Breeders’ Cup win of the year after sending out British Idiom to victory in the Juvenile Fillies (G1) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita and his third overall, as he won last year’s Longines Distaff with Monomoy Girl. Rosario earned his tenth Breeders’ Cup win.
LNJ Foxwoods, the Roth family stable, owns a share of Country House, who was elevated to first in this year’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1).