Romans’ Free Drop Billy, Hollywood Star Being Freshened; Will Return To Track This Winter

Albaugh Family Stables’ Free Drop Billy and Hollywood Star are receiving a brief freshening at trainer Dale Romans’ Lexington, Ky. farm following their disappointing efforts in last Saturday’s $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) at Del Mar.

“They’re both on the farm in Lexington for a bit,” Romans said. “They’ll get a break and then return to the track this winter.”

Free Drop Billy, the second-choice in the wagering at 7-1, finished a disappointing ninth in the Juvenile while stable mate Hollywood Star finished sixth at odds of 36-1.

The duo is two-thirds of Albaugh Family Stables’ blossoming 2-year-old contingent that also includes Ellis Park Juvenile winner Dak Attack. The 2-year-old son of Ghostzapper has been in light training at Churchill Downs since early September.

“Dak had a sore shin at the end of the summer,” Romans said. “With his type of injury I didn’t want to stop on it completely because we wanted to continue the blood flow. I’ve been monitoring it closely every week with x-rays and we’ve been using the vibrating plate to help heal the injury. He’s been galloping really well the last few weeks and didn’t miss too much time training. He should return to the work tab soon.”

The next stop on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” is Churchill Downs’ $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (GII) on Saturday, Nov. 25, and Romans, 51, is considering Frank Jones’ Tiz Mischief for the 1 1/16-mile race. The 2-year-old Into Mischief colt broke his maiden Oct. 7 at Keeneland after he rallied from eight lengths off the early pace.

“He’s looked great training,” Romans said. “His maiden race came back really productive after (third-place finisher) Arrival broke his maiden (Wednesday) at Churchill. It would be awesome for Frank to win the Jockey Club. He’s been like a father to me since I was young and has supported Kentucky racing for many years.”

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