Dual Champion Covfefe Retired, To Be Bred To Constitution

by | 02.24.2020 | 11:40am

Covfefe, the champion female sprinter and 3-year-old filly of 2019, has been retired from racing and will be bred to fast-rising young sire Constitution in 2020, per a release from owner LNJ Foxwoods.

The 4-year-old daughter of Into Mischief will spend her days as a broodmare at Gainesway in Lexington, Ky., where LNJ Foxwoods bloodstock agent and racing manager Alex Solis II recently accepted a position as director of bloodstock.

“LNJ is first and foremost a breeding operation and we cannot wait to see Covfefe's babies on the track,” said Jaime Roth, one of LNJ's principals, in a statement on Twitter. “We look forward to her next phase of her life at beautiful Gainesway Farm.”

Covfefe, named after a misspelling in a tweet by president Donald Trump, won six of eight starts during her racing career for earnings of $1,110,025. She was trained throughout her career by Brad Cox.

The filly broke her maiden on debut as a juvenile at Churchill Downs by 9 1/4 lengths. She came back at three to win her first two starts of the year: a Keeneland allowance optional claiming race and the Grade 3 Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

The second half of Covfefe's 3-year-old season saw her step up her game to the level that secured her two Eclipse Awards, going unbeaten in her final three starts. Her first Grade 1 victory came in the G1 Test Stakes at Saratoga, followed by an eight-length trouncing of the listed Dogwood Stakes at Churchill Downs. The filly cemented her place in the national pecking order in her final start, facing older competition for the first time in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita Park and winning by three-quarters of a length.

“It was fun to watch the natural progression of the horse getting better,” Solis said in January. “It reminds you when you put them in the right spots and they win races, they get more and more confident. That's the most important thing – the desire to do it.”

Constitution stands at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky., for an advertised fee of $40,000.

The Grade 1-winning son of Tapit's first runners hit the track in 2019, and he tallied the most winners and graded stakes winners of his deep freshman class. The leader among his progeny to date is Tiz the Law, who was a Grade 1 winner as a juvenile and is a leading contender for this year's Kentucky Derby.

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