Free Drop Billy Could Try Turf


Free Drop Billy | Coady photo

Albaugh Family Stables’s GI Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity winner Free Drop Billy (Union Rags) could be pointed to GI Secretariat S. on turf at Arlington Park Aug. 11, trainer Dale Romans said Sunday. Free Drop Billy’s dam is the Giant’s Causeway mare Trensa, making him a half-brother to dual turf Group 1 winner Hawkbill (Kitten’s Joy). Free Drop Billy was last seen finishing seventh in the wake of Triple Crown-winning ‘TDN Rising Star’ Justify (Scat Daddy) in the June 9 GI Belmont S.

“He’s got a chance of running there,” Romans said. “His half-brother is one of the best grass horses in the world and we’ve been wanting to try him on grass.”

Romans previously captured the Secretariat in 2004 with Kitten’s Joy (El Prado {Ire}) and in 2010 with Paddy O’Prado (El Prado {Ire}).


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