Owendale, Covfefe headline Into Mischief’s Breeders’ Cup brigade
October 29, 2019
This year’s leading general sire Into Mischief will have five chances to add to his stellar 2019 resume in this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup, including starters in five different races across the Nov. 1-2 World Championships. No other stallion has more entrants in this year’s event.
The action kicks off on Friday with Comical in the Juvenile Fillies (G1). The bay filly kicked off her career with a blowout maiden win and a well-earned victory in the Schuylerville S. (G3). She was third in the Del Mar Debutante (G1) before finishing second by a neck in the Chandelier S. (G1), her first start around two turns. Comical drew the outside post in the field of nine.
Grade 1-placed Shoplifted drew post 3 in the Juvenile (G1). The Steve Asmussen trainee has been training very well since shipping to Santa Anita a month ago. An $800,000 purchase by Grandview Equine, Cheyenne Stables LLC and LNJ Foxwoods, Shoplifted is from the family of Grade 1 winner Miss Shop and True North H. (G2) winner Trappe Shot.
On Saturday, the brilliantly fast Covfefe is among the favorites in the Filly & Mare Sprint (G1). Winner of the Test S. (G1) this summer, Covfefe has posted a Beyer Speed Figure of 107 twice this year in the Miss Preakness S. (G3) and Dogwood S., both track record performances.
Engage brings a two-race winning streak into the $2 million Sprint (G1), where he’ll break from post five. The 4-year-old won the Phoenix S. (G2) at Keeneland in his most recent start, and has won stakes for three consecutive years.
The ever-improving Owendale will get his chance in the weekend’s biggest race – the $6 million Classic (G1). Drawing post three in the 11-horse field, Owendale will face older horses for the first time in his career. The late closer has wins in the Lexington S. (G3) and Oklahoma Derby (G3) and ran third in the Preakness S. (G1) while earning close to $1 million.
A victory by any of the five would give Into Mischief his second Breeders’ Cup winners after Goldencents, who captured back-to-back runnings of the Dirt Mile (G1).