Free Drop Billy

Free Drop Billy

Union Rags’ Only G1 Son At 2

$10,000 S&N
Union Rags – Trensa, by Giant's Causeway
2015, Chestnut - Entered Stud: 2019 | Nominated to: Breeders' Cup, KTDF

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Dominant 4-length winner of the $500,000 Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at 8.5f at Keeneland in his first start around two turns.

Defeated G2 winner & Preakness (G1) runner-up Bravazo, Graded SWs Lone Sailor and Ezmosh, etc. in the Breeders’ Futurity.

Impressive 2yo debut MdSpWt winner going 5.5f at Churchill, drawing off by 3 lengths.

Close runner-up in the 6f Sanford (G3) [beaten a length] to G1 winner Firenze Fire, and 7f Hopeful (G1) [beaten a neck] to G1 winner Sporting Chance at Saratoga as a 2yo.

Runner-up to G1 winner Audible in the 8.5f Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream, and on the board in the 9f Blue Grass (G2) at Keeneland and 8f Gotham (G3) at Aqueduct as a 3yo.

The only G1-winning son of popular young sire UNION RAGS to date; Earnings of $662,470 — $428,020 as a 2yo.

From a deep Alexander-Groves female family — 3rd dam Mochila is a half-sister to top sire COZZENE and was acquired for $750,000 from the Tartan/Nerud dispersal.



Age Starts 1st (SW) 2nd (SP) 3rd (SP) Earned
2 5 2 ( 1 ) 2 ( 2 ) 0 $428,020
3 6 0 1 ( 1 ) 2 ( 2 ) $234,450
Totals 11 2 3 2 $662,470

Racing Highlights

Won at 2

  • Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland (G1, 8.5f, by 4 lengths, defeating Bravazo, Lone Sailor, Ezmosh, etc.)
  • Maiden Special Weight at Churchill (5 1/2f by 3 lengths, defeating Transgress, Orbatron, Battle At Sea, etc.)

2nd at 2

  • Hopeful S. at Saratoga (G1, 7f, to Sporting Chance by a neck, defeating Givemeaminit
  • Sanford S. at Saratoga (G3, 6f, to Firenze Fire by a length, defeating Psychoanalyze, Bal Harbour, Baffin, etc.)

2nd at 3

  • Holy Bull S. at Gulfstream (G2, 8.5f, to Audible, defeating Tiz Mischief, Enticed, Pony Up, etc.)

3rd at 3

  • Blue Grass S. at Keeneland (G2, 9f, to Good Magic, defeating Sporting Chance, Kanthaka, Gotta Go, Blendid Citizen, Marconi, Tiz Mischief, etc.)
  • Gotham S. at Aqueduct (G3, 8f, to Enticed, defeating Firenze Fire, Beautiful Shot, etc.)

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Pedigree

Four CrossAnalysisCatalog Style
DP = 4-4-17-1-0 (26) DI = 1.74 CD = 0.42

Alan Porter Breeding 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 CatFreud, a brother to Giant’s Causeway; Hennessy (sire of Johannesburg and Henny Hughes; grandsire of Scat Daddy), Tale of the CatBluegrass CatStormy Atlantic and Stormin Fever(both giving inbreeding to Seattle Slew), Harlan’s HolidayBernstein, 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 MoonFlatterCongratsJump StartMajestic 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 CurlinLookin At Lucky and English Channel). Union Rags’ multiple graded stakes winner Tequilita is out of a mare by Mr. Greeley, a son of Gone West, also sire of Elusive QualityGrand Slam and Speightstown, and he has a stakes winner out of a mare by Seeking the Gold, sire of PetionvilleMutakddim and Cape Town. From the Fappiano branch, Union Rags has a stakes winner out of a mare by Unbridled’s Song (sire of First DefenceMidshipmanOld FashionedRockport HarborSongandaprayer and Zensational). Other Fappiano line sires that might work her including Quiet American (sire of Real Quiet and grandsire of Midnight Lute), Empire MakerRubianoBroken Vow and Cryptoclearance (grandsire of Candy Ride).

AnalysisCatalog Style

Alan Porter Breeding 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 CatFreud, a brother to Giant’s Causeway; Hennessy (sire of Johannesburg and Henny Hughes; grandsire of Scat Daddy), Tale of the CatBluegrass CatStormy Atlantic and Stormin Fever(both giving inbreeding to Seattle Slew), Harlan’s HolidayBernstein, 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 MoonFlatterCongratsJump StartMajestic 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 CurlinLookin At Lucky and English Channel). Union Rags’ multiple graded stakes winner Tequilita is out of a mare by Mr. Greeley, a son of Gone West, also sire of Elusive QualityGrand Slam and Speightstown, and he has a stakes winner out of a mare by Seeking the Gold, sire of PetionvilleMutakddim and Cape Town. From the Fappiano branch, Union Rags has a stakes winner out of a mare by Unbridled’s Song (sire of First DefenceMidshipmanOld FashionedRockport HarborSongandaprayer and Zensational). Other Fappiano line sires that might work her including Quiet American (sire of Real Quiet and grandsire of Midnight Lute), Empire MakerRubianoBroken Vow and Cryptoclearance (grandsire of Candy Ride).

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Free Drop Billy 2017 Breeders' Futurity G1 | Keeneland
Free Drop Billy 2017 Breeders' Futurity G1 | Keeneland
Free Drop Billy - 2017 Breeders' Futurity-G1 aerial from Keeneland | Coady photo
Free Drop Billy - 2017 Breeders' Futurity-G1 aerial from Keeneland | Coady photo
Free Drop Billy 2017 Breeders' Futurity G1 | Keeneland
Free Drop Billy 2017 Breeders' Futurity G1 | Keeneland
Free Drop Billy 2017 MSW | Churchill Downs
Free Drop Billy 2017 MSW | Churchill Downs
Free Drop Billy | Spendthrift Farm 2018 | Autry Graham Photo
Free Drop Billy | Spendthrift Farm 2018 | Autry Graham Photo