ARCADIA, Calif. — Covfefe is the name of a horse set to race at the Breeders’ Cup Saturday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and the unusual name probably rings a bell for those familiar with President Trump’s Twitter history.
At about midnight on May 31, 2017, Trump tweeted, “Despite the constant negative press covfefe,” without further explanation.
As millions of people wondered what Trump meant by “covfefe” — or if it was just a late-night gaffe — Jaime Roth decided it was a great name for a horse.
She bestowed it on her prized filly, now 3, who is the morning-line favorite for the $1 million Breeders Cup’ Filly and Mare Sprint Saturday. The two-day racing event started Friday.
Covfefe, left, works out at Santa Anita Park in preparation for Saturday's Breeders' Cup. (Photo: Kelvin Kuo, USA TODAY Sports)
“We gave the name to her because we thought she was special and we thought the name was kind of funny,’’ Roth told USA TODAY Sports. “Her sire’s Into Mischief and her dam is Antics.’’
For the record, Covfefe’s owner said she did not vote for Trump.
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“I don’t try to get too political,’’ said Roth, who runs the LNJ Foxwoods stable that she and her parents, Larry and Nanci, own. “He’s not for me, but obviously he is for some other people. He just doesn’t stand for the things that I believe it. But I believe in Covfefe.’’
Purchased for $250,000 at a yearling sale, Covfefe has won five of her seven races and earned $560,025 in purse money. The horse also has created buzz with “her” Twitter account that occasionally pokes fun at Trump for his tweeting about "hamberders'' rather than hamburgers, a Cable "shoe'' rather than show and a "Smocking Gun'' rather than Smoking Gun.
Then came Thursday, when @realDonaldTrump tweeted about “The Greatest Witch Hunt in American History’’ in reference to the impeachment inquiry, Soon after, @CovfefeHorse, in reply to a tweet about horse hunting on Halloween for "em Peach Mints'' (get it?), deemed it in a tweet: “The Greatest #CovfefeHunt in American History!”
Hope we find ’em Peach Mints ? #trickortreat#covfefe#BC19https://t.co/pPGEDd3KKQ
The Greatest #CovfefeHunt In American History!#Covfefe
No word on Trump’s sentiment about that and other snarky @CovfefeHorse tweets.
“Never heard from the White House, no,’’ said Roth, who also said Covfefe’s Twitter account is handled by a two-legged friend who has requested his identity not be revealed because it could jeopardize their employment.
If Covfefe winning her race on Saturday is not enough to earn a tweet from Trump, much less a call from the White House, maybe racing a horse named Trump Tweets would do the trick?
Roth said she reserved that very name for a future horse through the Jockey Club, the breed registry for thoroughbreds in the United States and Canada.
"But no plans of using it anytime soon,'' she said.
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