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No advantage for Free Drop Billy in Belmont

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Golf fans watching the Belmont Stakes no doubt noticed the presence in the field of a horse with a familiar name.

Free Drop Billy.

Had to be a golf reference, right? What else could "Free Drop" refer to?

Sure enough, there is a golf source for the name.

According to

"The stable [Albaugh Family Stable] tends to christen their horses with names relating to family and friends. ... Stable chairman Dennis Albaugh’s golf buddy Bill Collins has a penchant for free drops, hence the name."

For what it's worth, there were no "free drops" in the Belmont. Justify completed the Triple Crown, Gronkowski (named for the New England Patriots tight end) was second, and Free Drop Billy finished seventh.