By Christie DeBernardis
LNJ Foxwoods’ Covfefe (Into Mischief) gets a second chance at black-type as the morning-line favorite in the GIII Miss Preakness S. at Pimlico Friday. A dazzling debut winner at Churchill in September, the bay checked in fourth to champion Jaywalk (Cross Traffic) in the GI Frizette S. at Belmont in October and was subsequently shelved. She returned to winning ways in a Keeneland optional claimer last time Apr. 6.
Bob Baffert can never be overlooked and he ships in a live one in undefeated Fighting Mad (New Year’s Day). A first out winner at Del Mar in December, the Gary and Mary West homebred returned from an eight-month layoff to capture a Churchill allowance last time Apr. 30.
There are a trio of local runners with a strong chance in this test, including the unbeaten Never Enough Time (Munnings), who won her two starts at Laurel Mar. 3 and Apr. 14 by a combined 11 lengths. Congrats Gal (Congrats) also enters off a pair of strong wins at Laurel, demolishing a Sept. 14 optional claimer by 14 lengths and romping by 6 3/4 lengths in the Nov. 10 Smart Halo S. The Pimlico-based Please Flatter Me (Flatter) finished fourth last time when visiting the Big Apple for the Busher S. Mar. 9, but opened her account with three dominant scores, including the Gin Talking S. Dec. 29.