Keeneland Winners Taking Different Paths to Del Mar

Albaugh Stables’ Free Drop Billy (Union Rags), winner of Saturday’s GI Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland, emerged from his score in fine condition and is scheduled to ship to Southern California Oct. 16 in preparation for a tilt in the Nov. 4 GI Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Albaugh General Manager Jason Loutsch said Sunday morning.

“We want to get him acquainted to the California weather as soon as possible,” Loutsch said.

Joining Free Drop Billy on the trip west for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile is Hollywood Star, runner-up in the GIII Iroquois S. at Churchill for Romans.

While the Romans team will make a rather quick journey westward, trainer Mike Stidham said Saturday’s GI First Lady S. winner Zipessa (City Zip) will remain at Keeneland as she prepares for the GI Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf Nov. 4.

“We will keep her here as long as we can,” trainer Mike Stidham said Sunday morning. “We are happy that the Filly and Mare Turf is 1 1/8 miles this year. With it being shortened, that helps our cause. [A longer distance] is kind of stretching us a little bit.”

The First Lady marked the first Grade I success for Zipessa, who placed fifth in the Filly and Mare Turf at the World Championships last year.

Trainer David O’Meara’s two runners from Saturday’s GI Shadwell Turf Mile, winner Suedois (Fr) (Le Havre {Ire}) and fifth-finishing Mondialiste (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), both were doing well Sunday at Keeneland’s quarantine barn. O’Meara said the pair will return home to Ireland, with a return flight likely to be booked for Suedois next month.

“They are going back home Tuesday,” said Fergal Davis, the exercise rider for Mondialiste. “Suedois would come back for the [GI] Breeders’ Cup [Mile], and Mondialiste, I imagine they would retire him. He doesn’t owe us anything.”

Trainer Bret Calhoun confirmed that GII TCA S. hero Finley’sluckycharm (Twirling Candy) will be pointed to the GI Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, while GII Woodford S. winner Bucchero (Kantharos) is possible for the GI Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, according to conditioner Tim Glyshaw.


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