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2023 Doubledogdare Stakes Preview & FREE Picks | Interstatedaydream Looks Tough At Keeneland
Interstatedaydream (Maryland Jockey Club)

2023 Doubledogdare Stakes Preview & FREE Picks | Interstatedaydream Looks Tough At Keeneland

Aaron previews the 2023 Doubledogdare Stakes from Keeneland, then gives his top picks & long shots. After finishing a head behind the future Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) winner Clairiere in her seasonal debut, the Brad Cox-trained Interstatedaydream looks tough to beat as she makes her 2nd start off the layoff. Can anyone defeat the morning line favorite? Tell us YOUR thoughts in the Comments section!

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The track press release:

Flurry Racing Stables’ Interstatedaydream headlines a field of eight fillies and mares entered Sunday for Friday’s 28th running of the $300,000 Baird Doubledogdare (G3) going 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

The Baird Doubledogdare will be the ninth race on Friday’s 10-race program with a 5:16 p.m. ET post time. First post on Friday is 1 p.m.

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Malathaat won last year’s Baird Doubledogdare to kick off an Eclipse Award-winning campaign that concluded with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) here in November.

Trained by Brad Cox, Interstatedaydream won the George E. Mitchell Black-Eyed Susan (G2) at Pimlico and the Indiana Oaks (G3) last year. Third in the Azeri (G2) behind Secret Oath and Clairiere in her most recent start, Interstatedaydream will be ridden by Florent Geroux and break from post position four.

In her lone Keeneland start, Interstatedaydream finished third in last year’s Central Bank Ashland (G1).

The other graded stakes winner in the field is Hidden Brook Farm and Black Type Thoroughbreds’ Hidden Connection.

Winner of the 2021 Pocahontas (G3) and twice graded stakes-placed, Hidden Connection is trained by Bret Calhoun and will be ridden by Rey Gutierrez from post seven.

Also figuring to attract attention is Team Valor International’s Green Up.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Green Up will be making her 2023 debut. She defeated Interstatedaydream in last year’s Cathryn Sophia Stakes at Parx before finishing fourth in the Cotillion (G1). Irad Ortiz Jr. has the mount and will break from post two.

The field for the Baird Doubledogdare, with riders and weights from the inside:

  1. Traverse (Joel Rosario, 118 pounds)
  2. Green Up (Ortiz Jr., 118)
  3. Frost Point (Flavien Prat, 118)
  4. Interstatedaydream (Geroux, 118)
  5. Moon Swag (Luis Saez, 118)
  6. Music Street(Julien Leparoux, 118)
  7. Hidden Connection (Gutierrez, 118)
  8. Shotgun Hottie (Tyler Gaffalione, 118)