Alan Porter analysis for Free Drop Billy
Fast enough to break his maiden by three lengths going 5½ furlongs on his debut, Free Drop Billy carried his speed to a four lengths victory over classic performer Bravazo, in the 8½ furlong Breeders’ Futurity (G1). By classic winner, and extremely hot young sire and Union Rags, Free Drop Billy is half-brother to international group and grade one winner Hawkbill, from the family of Leading Sire Cozzene.
Union Rags has been exceptional with Storm Cat line mares, a cross that has produced not only Free Drop Billy (out of a mare by Giant’s Causeway), but also grade one winner Dancing Rags out of a mare by Storm Cat himself, and grade one winner Paradise Woods out of a mare by Forest Wildcat (who would be good through Wildcat Heir). Other Storm Cat sons that would appeal here include Forestry and his sons, Shackleford and Discreet Cat; Freud, a brother to Giant’s Causeway; Hennessy (sire of Johannesburg and Henny Hughes; grandsire of Scat Daddy), Tale of the Cat, Bluegrass Cat, Stormy Atlantic and Stormin Fever (both giving inbreeding to Seattle Slew), Harlan’s Holiday, Bernstein, Pure Prize and Yankee Gentleman.
Storm Cat is a Northern Dancer line mare, and Union Rags’ sire, Dixie Union, sired grade one winner Dixie Chatter out of a mare by Northern Dancer line stallion, Deputy Minister, and two stakes winners out of mares by Deputy Minister son, Salt Lake. This would also suggest considering mares by such as Awesome Again and Touch Gold.
Dixie Union did well with A.P. Indy line mares, and Union Rags has followed suit. He has a stakes winner and a classic placed runner out of mares by A.P. Indy himself, as well as the brilliant Catalina Cruiser out of a mare by Mineshaft (sire of Dialed In and Discreetly Mine) and a stakes winner out of a mare by Pulpit (sire of Tapit and Sky Mesa), with other sources including Bernardini (who should work well here), Malibu Moon, Flatter, Congrats, Jump Start, Majestic Warrior and Stephen Got Even.
Out of Mr. Prospector line mares, Union Rags has grade one winner Union Strike and stakes winning and grade one placed Still There out of mares by Smart Strike (sire of Curlin, Lookin At Lucky and English Channel). Union Rags’ multiple graded stakes winnerTequilita is out of a mare by Mr. Greeley, a son of Gone West, also sire of Elusive Quality, Grand Slam and Speightstown, and he has a stakes winner out of a mare by Seeking the Gold, sire of Petionville, Mutakddim and Cape Town. From the Fappiano branch, Union Rags has a stakes winner out of a mare by Unbridled’s Song (sire of First Defence, Midshipman, Old Fashioned, Rockport Harbor, Songandaprayer and Zensational). Other Fappiano line sires that might work her including Quiet American (sire of Real Quiet and grandsire of Midnight Lute), Empire Maker, Rubiano, Broken Vow and Cryptoclearance (grandsire of Candy Ride).