Free Drop Billy, an unlucky second in the G1 Hopeful Stakes recently and from the same family as Moutonshoek’s new sire Admiral Kitten, showed his class on Saturday when he romped to a four length win in the G1 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland.
Free Drop Billy, favourite for the $400 000 Futurity, delivered the top performance of his career as he quickly opened a wide advantage in early stretch under Robby Albarado and sustained that advantage to the wire.
The colt has now won or placed in all four of his starts and has earned more than $420 000 in prize money.
A son of Union Rags, Free Drop Billy is a half-brother to Coral-Eclipse winner Hawkbill. He is likely to have his next outing in the G1 Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, where Free Drop Billy is likely to feature as one of the favourites.
His Giant’s Causeway sired dam Trensa’s third dam is Ride The Trails, with the latter also featuring as the fourth dam of new Cape sire Admiral Kitten.
Winner of the G1 Secretariat Stakes and runner up in the G1 Hollywood Derby, Admiral Kitten is the only son of red hot champion sire Kitten’s Joy at stud in South Africa.
Kitten’s Joy has had an outstanding season in 2017 with his top runners including the G1 winners Oscar Performance and Sadler’s Joy as well as 2018 European classic hopes Liquid Amber and Roaring Lion.