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Saturday, November 2, 2013
Secret Circle wins BC Sprint

By Ron Hammonds

Secret Circle, making only his second start since the 2012 Arkansas Derby, rallied with a wide move to win the $1.5 million Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint by a neck. The Bob Baffert-trained 4-year-old got the six furlongs at Santa Anita Park in 1:08.73.

Laugh Track, who also came from off the pace, finished second. Gentlemen's Bet, who pressed the pace early from the rail and had the lead on the turn and in the stretch held for third, 1 ¼ lengths back.

Fast Bullet was fast out of the gate and got the early lead in the Sprint. The opening quarter was in a blistering :21.34. Sum of the Parts was also part of the pace scenario as was Private Zone and Gentlemen's Bet. The half was run in :43.72.

Secret Circle is owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman. He now has seven wins and two seconds from nine starts, including a score in the 2011 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint at Churchill Downs.

By Eddington out ofRagtime Hope, by Dixieland Band, Secret Circle was bred in Kentucky by Willmott Stables.

The winner paid $7, $4.80, and $3.60. Laugh Track paid $13.40 and $8.60 and Gentlemen's Bet paid $7. The $1 9-12 exacta paid $50.40.

The win marks the fourth Sprint win for Baffert, who won with Thirty Slews in 1992 and back-to-back runnings in 2007-08 with Pegram, Watson, and Weitman's champion Midnight Lute.

Secret Circle returned off an 18-month layoff with a win over allowance/optional claiming foes Oct. 14 at Santa Anita.

He was three-for-three at 2 with a win in the Juvenile Sprint, then was second in his 3-year-old debut in the one-mile Sham Stakes. He rallied at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas with wins in the Southwest Stakes and 1116-mile Rebel Stakes before finishing 9 ½ lengths behind the Baffert-trained Bodemeister in the Arkansas Derby.

The Sprint is the second win on the day for the team of Bob Baffert and jockey Martin Garcia. They won the $2 million Juvenile with Gary and Mary West's New Year's Day.