Loved Goes Back To Work in Baird Doubledogdare

April 18, 2024

Loved in the winner’s circle June 11, 2023, after scoring an allowance (screen shot)

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• Third Week Special Events

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Keeneland Press Release

LEXINGTON, Ky.— A half-sister to two-time Grade 1 winner and $2 million earner Maxfield, Godolphin’s Loved figures to play a key role in Friday’s Baird Doubledogdare (G3) for fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles on the main track in her first start since July.

“This is a good race for her to start back,” said trainer Brendan Walsh, who also conditioned Maxfield. “She has been doing well after freshening, and this will be a good race to build on.”

Loved, who has put together a 5-3-0-0 record, has not raced since a fourth-place finish in the Molly Pitcher (G3) at Monmouth Park last July 22.

“We just gave her a little break and backed off (after the Molly Pitcher),” Walsh said. “Not sure she will be as good as her brother, but we are very hopeful about her.”

After spending the winter at Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida, Loved has had two works here, both in company with 2023 champion 3-year-old filly Pretty Mischievous. Tyler Gaffalione, who has ridden Loved in all of her races, will have the mount Friday.

Godolphin won the Baird Doubledogdare with Frost Point last year.

Prospective Field for Closing-Day Bewitch Presented By Keeneland Sales

Friday, April 26 race. Entries taken Friday, April 19.

$300,000 Bewitch Presented by Keeneland Sales – Tower Bridge (trainer Cherie DeVaux). Possible: Chop Chop (Brad Cox), Lovely Princess (Kenny McPeek), Vergara (Graham Motion).

Third Week Special Events


Official Keeneland Tours. Click here for availability and to purchase.

Through Aug. 16

Keeneland Library is recognizing this year’s historic running of the Toyota Blue Grass at its free exhibit, A Rite of Spring: The 100thRunning of the Blue Grass Stakes. The exhibit features photographs that capture race highlights curated from Keeneland Library collections and public submissions from professional and amateur photographers along with memorabilia from noted jockeys Bill Shoemaker, Mike Manganello and Chris Antley and celebrated runners WhirlawayRiva RidgeSpectacular Bid and Strike the Gold.

Open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Library is located on the Keeneland campus. Enter Keeneland at Gate 1 on Keeneland Blvd. and take the first right on Entertainment Ct. The Library is to the left of the Keene Barn and Entertainment Center.

Click here for the virtual companion to the exhibit.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The Hill. Keeneland’s popular tailgating area is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the Spring Meet, weather permitting. No ticket or reservation is required for The Hill, located adjacent to the Keene Barn & Entertainment Center and accessible via Gate 1 (at Man o’ War Blvd.) or Gate 4 (off Van Meter Road on the east side of Keeneland).

Fans on The Hill can watch the racing action via a jumbo TV and place their bets in a wagering tent while they enjoy live music presented by The Burl, food trucks and handicapping assistance from BETologists. Complimentary shuttles to the track are offered.

For fans who want to elevate their experience, Keeneland again is partnering with RevelXP to offer tailgate packages for groups of any size. RevelXP will organize tailgates by furnishing a designated tent, catering, amenities and more. Visit for full details.

The Hill is open from 8 a.m. to 60 minutes after the last race. Amenities are available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Friday, April 19

College Scholarship Day Presented by Lane’s End. Keeneland invites college students to enjoy a day of racing, prizes, scholarship giveaways, behind-the-scenes racing experiences, reserved seating and more. By pre-registering, students will receive a free general admission ticket good for April 19 and the opportunity to win one of 10 $2,000 scholarships provided by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and Keeneland. Students who attend the race day and have their tickets scanned day-of also will be eligible to win two additional $10,000 scholarships provided by Lane’s End Farm, as well as prize packages from local Kentucky businesses. Activities will take place at the North Terrace from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-register at

Saturday, April 20

Sunrise Trackside (Keeneland Photo)

FINAL Sunrise Trackside of Spring Meet. This free Saturday morning program from 8-10 a.m. is geared toward families and offers a unique view of Thoroughbreds during training hours. Fans can enjoy coffee and donuts at the Starting Gate concession stand while watching horses train. Children’s activities on the first floor of the Grandstand will include a visit with Keeneland mascot Buckles, face painting and games. Mini tours will be available at the Welcome Stand near the Paddock.

Two activities will be held from 8:30-9 a.m.: The John Deere Tractor Break will take place during the renovation period on the main track and include a drawing for a kids tractor from John Deere/Meade Tractor, while fans can pet a horse in the Walking Ring.

Sunday, April 21

Keeneland Kids Club Family Day Presented by Kentucky Children’s Hospital. The Keeneland Kids Club is the Official Kids Club for Keeneland fans 12 and younger. Kids Club members and their families are invited to a special day at the races and will receive free general admission and access to reserved Grandstand seating when they present their membership cards at admission entrances. Children’s activities, which will take place in the North Terrace from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., include face painting and activities with local community partners such as Amplify Horse Racing, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, LexArts, Lexington Ballet and Salvation Army. Sign up for the Kids Club at

PDJF Telethon. The fourth annual fundraising event for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund will be based in the Limestone Café in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion.

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