Among the names from the 2018 Kentucky Derby draw this morning is Free Drop Billy, a horse that at one time looked like a viable threat to become a serious threat in the three-year-old class. With a graceful sprinting style that was both eye catching and unique, along with the speed to match, it always looked as if the Albaugh Family Stables product was just a win away from becoming an established force. He has been listed at long 30/1 odds to win the derby.
Despite those odds, Spendthrift Farm has gone out of their way to acquire rights to Free Drop Billy as a stallion prospect. “We are delighted to be working with the Albaugh family again to stand Free Drop Billy,” said Spendthrift general manager Ned Toffey. “He’s a great-looking horse who’s proven to be talented, precocious and consistent and he’s from a proven sire’s family. He’s a very complete stallion prospect, and he’ll make a great addition to our roster.”
After winning his maiden and the 2017 Breeders’ Futurity, Free Drop Billy had a massively disappointing 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile appearance where he trailed all the way to 9th. In his three-year-old season debut, however, Free Drop Billy ran second in the Holy Bull and then finished third twice in both the Gotham and the Blue Grass Stakes. He’s a constant bridesmaid and never a bride, though he’s surely talented.
Passing on his immense physical gifts to the next generation is going to be a boon to the racing industry overall. He is considered the top son of Union Rags, and is the grandson of the late and great Giant’s Causeway. Lots of pedigree. Tons of potential.
Jason Loutsch, who represents the Albaugh Stable, responded to the news by saying that, “We are thankful for the opportunities Free Drop Billy has afforded us, and we are extremely excited about his future stallion career at Spendthrift. Since his debut win, we have saddled him seven times in graded stakes competition across multiple tracks, and he hit the board in six of those starts. He is the most honest and workman-like horse we have ever owned. He just loves to train and always gives a big effort.”
Free Drop Billy is set to run this weekend in the 2018 Kentucky Derby out of Gate 2 and could very well improve his breeding price if he stages an upset for the ages. That’s highly unlikely, but that’s why the odds are what they are for this colt. If you’re going to wager on him, he’s worth a show play at those odds. Spendthrift is investing in his stock after all.