Free Drop Billy wins Futurity - Union Rags has two qualified for the Breeders Cup
- October 15, 2017
- By SARA CAVANAGH
Free Drop Billy, by Union Rags, won the "win and you're in" $500,000, G1 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland on Oct. 7 to qualify for the Breeders' Cup at Del Mar in California on Nov. 3-4.
Paradise Woods, a filly by Union Rags, also is qualified for the Breeders' Cup by virtue of her win in the $300,000, G1 Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita on Sept. 30.
Free Drop Billy's win capped off a week that saw eight of Union Rags' get win, from Paradise Woods on a G1 on Sept 30 to the 2 year 0lds Navajo, Saquero and Aristteles and the 3 year olds Hot Dixie Dame, Catalina Cruiser, Aiden's Rag and Union Blues to Free Drop billy on Oct. 7.
"It's unbelievable what a roll Union Rags is on," said Russell Jones, who owned the top bloodstock agency Walnut Green which he sold about six years ago. He now advises Union Rags' breeder and owner, Phyllis Wyeth, who is Jones' wife Donnan's cousin.
Union Rags is now the second Leading Second-Crop Sire behind Bodemeister, with 41 winners from124 starters and earnings of $3.72 million, to Bodemeister's 46 winners from 123 starters and $4.42 million.