Free Drop Billy ready to step forward in Breeders' Futurity

Free Drop Billy ready to step forward in Breeders' Futurity
Photo: Bob Mayberger

The third Grade 1 race on Saturday is the 104th running of the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity for 2-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the main track. The race will be the eighth of the afternoon with a 5:10 p.m. post time.
The Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity is a “Win and You’re In” race for the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) to be run Nov. 4 at Del Mar.
Heading the field of 13 is Albaugh Family Stable’s Free Drop Billy. Trained by Dale Romans, Free Drop Billy finished second in the Hopeful (G1) in his most recent start and he will attempt to give his human connections a second victory in the race to go with the score by Brody’s Cause in 2015.
Robby Albarado, who has ridden Free Drop Billy in all three of his starts, has the mount Saturday and will break from post position nine.
Also coming out of the Hopeful for Saturday’s race is Valene Farms’ Givemeaminit who finished a head behind Free Drop Billy. Trained by Dallas Stewart, Givemeaminit will break from post position seven and be ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr.
Another Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity entrant is Tommie Lewis and Magdalena Racing’s Ten City.
Trained by Kenny McPeek, Ten City won the Bashford Manor (G3) at Churchill Downs in June and enters Saturday’s race off a third-place finish in the Iroquois (G3) at Churchill. Ten City will be ridden by Corey Lanerie and break from post position four.
The field for the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity, with riders, is: Lionite (Ricardo Santana Jr.), Ezmosh (Javier Castellano), Lone Sailor (Florent Geroux), Ten City (Lanerie), Bravazo (Jon Court), Lone Rock (Joe Bravo), Givemeaminit (Hernandez Jr.), Bourbon Resolution (Julien Leparoux), Free Drop Billy (Albarado), Crea’s Bklyn Law (Joe Rocco Jr.), Captivating Moon (Jose Valdivia, Jr.), Ready Prospector (Miguel Mena) and Enticed (Jose Lezcano). All starters will carry 121 pounds.
Keeneland will offer several special wagers Saturday:

·       $350,000 guaranteed All-Stakes Pick Four Presented by TVG on Saturday, Oct. 7, on races 6-9: Thoroughbred Club of America (G2), First Lady (G1), Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) and Shadwell Turf Mile (G1).

·       $250,000-guaranteed All-Stakes Pick Five Presented by TVG on races 5-9: Woodford (G2) Presented by Keeneland Select, Thoroughbred Club of America, First Lady, Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity and Shadwell Turf Mile.

·       Belmont-Keeneland Pick Four offers fans an opportunity to wager on premier stakes from Belmont and Keeneland, including the Shadwell Turf Mile, Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity and Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1).

The Shadwell Turf Mile and Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity will air on NBC along with the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park from 5-6 p.m. as part of its “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In, presented by Lane’s End Farm and America’s Best Racing.”

Source: Keeneland Association

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