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Spendthrift Farm’s Free Drop Billy Gets First Mare In Foal

Spendthrift Farm’s new stallion Free Drop Billy, the Grade 1-winning 2-year-old by Union Rags, had his first mare confirmed in foal. Autumn Gold, a Smart Strike mare that was bred through Spendthrift’s “Share The Upside” program, checked in foal on Monday at Fairview Farm in Versailles, Ky. A half-sister to a pair of multiple stakes […]

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Free Drop Billy Retired To Spendthrift Farm For 2019 Breeding Season

Free Drop Billy, the dominant winner of last year’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland, has been retired to stud at B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky. The G1-winning son of Union Rags will be the newest stallion offered through Spendthrift’s renowned “Share The Upside” program in 2019. “Free Drop Billy is a […]

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Spendthrift Farm Announces 2019 Stud Fees, Led By Into Mischief At $150,000

B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm announced 2019 fees for its 25-stallion roster set to stand at the Lexington-based farm this upcoming breeding season. Among the roster are three new stallions for 2019, and Spendthrift’s stallion ranks are again spearheaded at the top by leading sire Into Mischief, whose fee has moved to $150,000 S&N and […]

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Free Drop Billy Could Switch To Turf For Secretariat Stakes

Trainer Dale Romans indicated that 2018 Triple Crown contender Free Drop Billy could make the switch over to grass for the Grade I $400,000 Secretariat Stakes on Saturday, Aug. 11. The 1 1/8-miles turf event for 3-year-olds is just one of five stakes carded for the Arlington International Festival of Racing. The Bruce D. Memorial Stakes, Grade […]

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Trainer And Good Samaritan Dale Romans Hoping Karma Comes Back To Him In Belmont

Should Albaugh Family Stables’ Free Drop Billy be the horse to deny Justify’s quest for the Triple Crown in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, don’t be surprised if trainer Dale Romans credits karma as much as the colt’s credentials. Tuesday evening, his first night in New York for what […]

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Justify Will Make Triple Crown Bid From The Rail In 150th Belmont Stakes

Can he do it? Can Justify join Seattle Slew as the only undefeated Triple Crown winner, and become the 13th 3-year-old to accomplish that feat, before an expected sellout crowd of 90,000 in Saturday’s 150th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets? Can he negotiate the vast 1 ½-mile […]

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‘Another Perfect Day’ For Justify; Free Drop Billy Goes Five Furlongs In :59 2/5

WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners and Starlight Racing’s undefeated Kentucky Derby (Grade I) and Preakness Stakes (GI) winner Justify readied for his final breeze before the June 9 Belmont Stakes (GI) with a 1 ½-mile gallop under regular rider Humberto Gomez Sunday morning at Churchill Downs. “It was another perfect day of training,” trainer Bob Baffert’s assistant Jimmy Barnes said. “We’re very fortunate he […]

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Romans: ‘Very Few People Know How To Prepare’ For A Mile And A Half

Free Drop Billy had an uneventful morning galloping 1 5/8 miles under Juan Segundo during Churchill Downs’ 7:30-7:40 a.m. slot restricted to Belmont Stakes horses – and that’s the way trainer Dale Romans wants it. “Very uneventful,” Romans said. “He did what he was supposed to do, and he did it the way he’s supposed […]

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Par For The Course: Free Drop Billy To Go In Belmont

Co-owner Jason Loutsch said Tuesday morning by phone that Free Drop Billy will run in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes on June 9. Albaugh Family Stables’ colt by Union Rags had a walk day after working five-eighths of a mile in :59.60 on Monday at Churchill Downs with a strong gallop-out. Trainer Dale Romans, who has […]

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Belmont: Bravazo ‘Full Of Himself,’ Friday Works Planned For Vino Rosso, Noble Indy

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas, whose 14 victories in Triple Crown races is matched only by Bob Baffert, said fast-closing Preakness runner-up Bravazo could work as early as Wednesday. “I’m going to check the weather for the next few days,” Lukas said. “It could be Wednesday or Thursday. I’ll play it by ear.” Calumet Farm’s Bravazo […]

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