FREE DROP BILLY (c, Union Rags—Trensa, by Giant’s Causeway)
O-Albaugh Family Stables LLC. B-Helen K. Groves Revokable Trust (KY). T-Dale Romans. Sales history: $200,000 KEESEP yrl ’16. Lifetime Record: GISW, 9-2-3-2, $625,220.
Free Drop Billy broke a stutter-step slow but recovered well enough to secure a ground-saving spot into the first turn. This $200,000 KEESEP Union Rags colt emerged ninth on the backstretch run, but the field was so tightly bunched he was only about six lengths off the lead—much closer to a frenetic early pace than expected. He held his position until about a half mile out, but when roused for run offered little response while drifting backwards through the pack. I suspect he’ll find his niche and some confidence moving forward with a dose of class relief.
|3rd||GII Blue Grass S.|
|3rd||GIII Gotham S.|
|2nd||GII Holy Bull S.|
|9th||GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile|
|1st||GI Breeders’ Futurity|
|2nd||GI Hopeful S.|
|2nd||GIII Sanford S.|