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Get to know Belmont Stakes Contender
Free Drop Billy

Owner: Albaugh Family Stables LLC
Trainer: Dale Romans
Jockey: Robby Albarado

2017 Breeders’ Futurity Replay

Get to Know Free Drop Billy

Sire: Union Rags (Dixie Union)
Dam: Trensa (Giant's Causeway)
Foaled: May 3, 2015
Breeder: Helen K. Groves Revokable Trust

Starts: 9
Wins: 2
Seconds: 3
Thirds: 2
Earnings: $625,220

Bettors’ Edge

By Jeremy Plonk

Free Drop Billy: On one hand, he’s a Grade 1 winner with no distance questions as a son of Belmont winner Union Rags. On the other, he’s been beaten 70 lengths in his two most important career starts – the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. You could look at Free Drop Billy as a glass half-full or half-empty heading into the Belmont. His connections no doubt are optimists, which is great for the sport, and willing to take a chance. Until he shows me otherwise at 3, Free Drop Billy will continue to be a horse who appears to be an early developer who has not ascended along with the others of his crop. Recent Belmont winners Creator (2016) and Palace Malice (2013) rebounded off a break following Derby finishes of 12th or worse.

Free Drop Billy Race History

Date Race Track Finish
May 5, 2018 Kentucky Derby (G1) Churchill Downs 16th
April 7, 2018 Blue Grass Stakes (G2) Keeneland 3rd
March 10, 2018 Gotham Stakes (G3) Aqueduct 3rd
February 3, 2018 Holy Bull Stakes (G2) Gulfstream Park 2nd
November 4, 2017 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) Del Mar 9th
October 7, 2017 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (G1) Keeneland 1st
September 4, 2017 Hopeful Stakes (G1) Saratoga 2nd
July 22, 2017 Sanford Stakes (G3) Saratoga 2nd
June 15, 2017 Maiden Churchill Downs 1st