Ten City’s Promising Career Ends with Fatal Injury
A fatal injury marred the $500,000 Clairborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) won by the Dale Romans-trained Free Drop Billy. Jockey Corey Lanerie pulled up Ten City as the 2-year-old dark bay colt stumbled after boldly moving to the front along the final turn. The initial report from Dr. Mary Scollay on the NBC telecast was a broken front left leg. Trainer Kenny McPeek later reported Ten City had been euthanized.
“Sorry to share Ten City won’t survive this,” McPeek said on Twitter. “I’m sick for the horse, my clients and staff.”
Free Drop Billy, the 3-2 favorite owned by Albaugh Family Stables, emerged from the pack at the top of the stretch and pulled away to win by four lengths. It was his second win in only his fourth start and the first race he’s run around two turns.
With the win, Free Drop Billy earns an expenses-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile next month at Del Mar.
“We always thought (the distance, 1 1/16 miles, would suit him).” Romans said. “If you look at all his numbers on paper, every time they stretched a race a bit, he got a little bit better. Today I think we saw what he is really capable of.”
Free Drop Billy paid $5, $3.80 and $2.80. Bravazo, a 47-1 long shot, took second for $25.20 and $12.80 and Lone Sailor (17-1) finished third for $8.80. The unlikely trifecta was the best of the day, paying $1,966.60.
Ten City was just five races into his career, and already a graded stakes winner having won the Bashford Manor (G3) at Churchill Downs in June. A day after the race, trainer Kenny McPeek again expressed his sadness.
“Yesterday was very very hard…In 32 years training, I’ve never lost a horse with such talent in such an important race. Hard to understand. Thank You for the notes of support and we will keep doing our best in a tough game. See you at the races.”