By Nicholas Godfrey
USA: America’s racetracks will be denied a potential star turn this season with the surprise news that Breeders’ Cup winner Covfefe has been retired to the paddocks.
It had been expected that the champion filly, who is named after a dodgy tweet by President Donald Trump, would continue to race throughout her four-year-old season following her success in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita in November.
Although she is perfectly sound, Covfefe’s racing career is over because her owners LNJ Foxwoods see themselves as a breeding operation; the daughter of Into Mischief will be bred to Constitution.
She is retired on the back of a career record of six wins from eight outings for trainer Brad Cox, the rising star of the US training ranks. As well as her Breeders’ Cup victory, in which she held Bellafina by a half-length, Covfefe also also landed the G1 Test Stakes at Saratoga, where she beat Kentucky Oaks winner Serengeti Empress.
A statement revealing the news was issued on behalf of LNJ Foxwoods, the family concern of Larry, Nanci and Jaime Roth.
“As LNJ Foxwoods is primarily a breeding operation, my family has now chosen to focus on the next stage of her career,” said Jaime Roth, who added it had been a tough decision for the family.
“She has given us some of the most incredible moments of our lives and we look forward to campaigning her offspring in the near future.
“Covfefe is the epitome of why one gets into the game and did everything we could ask for as a racehorse,” she went on. “We look forward to the next phase of her life at beautiful Gainesway Farm.”
The Covfefe news soon after last week’s retirement of leading Kentucky Oaks candidate Bast with a minor soft-tissue injury. She won three G1s last year as a juvenile for Bob Baffert.
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