Three-year-old thoroughbred Secret Circle is quickly moving up the Kentucky Derby contender list after winning two of his first three races in 2012. He has won five of his six career starts, with his only non-winning race coming in the Sham Stakes, where he finished second to Out Of Bounds.
Secret Circle was bred by Wilmott Stables, and was purchased by Michael Pegram at the Ocala Breeders Sales auction for two-year-olds in training. He is trained by Bob Baffert. His sire is Eddington and the dam was Ragtime Hope. Eddington, in 17 career starts, won six times and finished in the money in nine others, including the 2004 Preakness Stakes.
Secret Circle began his racing career by winning a 5 ½ furlong maiden special weight race at Del Mar Park. He led from start to finish, pulling away at the top of the stretch to win by six lengths. His next race would come at Santa Anita for the Jack Goodman Stakes. Again, he had no trouble going on to victory, posting a time of 1:08.27 in the six furlong race. Baffert and jockey Rafael Bejarano were confident in the two-year-old and for his third race he would go to Louisville for the Breeder’s Cup.
At the Breeder’s Cup, Secret Circle would be competing in the juvenile sprint race, which is six furlongs. Secret Circle started the race well, staying right with the leader until the turn when he began to pull away from the pack and what looked like another easy win, but he had to hold off a closing Shumoos to secure the victory. His first race in 2012 would come in the one mile Sham Stakes, which was a step up in distance. Early in the race, Long View Drive led, with Secret Circle stalking him through the turn early, before making his move, at the top of the stretch. Long View Drive was the leader around the last turn and couldn’t hang on as Secret Circle and Out of Bounds came on strong. Out of Bounds was able to just beat out Secret Circle by a head, ending the unbeaten streak.
Just six weeks later in the one mile, Grade III Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park, Secret Circle was back on the track. He took the lead right out of the gate and ran a great race. He had to fight a dangerous Scatman on the stretch to get the victory. On March 17th, Secret Circle was back on the track and once again would take on Scatman, in the Grade II Rebel Stakes. He stepped up his distance again in the Grade II Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn, and would once more face the dangerous Scatman. For most of the race, Secret Circle hung just behind the leaders. At the far turn he had to weave through the traffic, coming off the rail to challenge the leaders. As in the Southwest Stakes Scatman was in the lead at the top of the stretch and Secret Circle would have to fight to catch him. The two fought for the lead, while Optimizer rallied to challenge late. Secret Circle was able to finish off Scatman, and just barely held off the charging Optimizer to win by a head.
Bob Baffert’s colt is now looking towards the Arkansas Derby in April as his final prep before the Kentucky Derby. If you would like to see the 2012 Kentucky Derby in person, look no further than DerbyDeals.com, who can provide great service and pricing for all of your ticket and ticket package needs. In addition to great deals on tickets, they can provide you with access to some of the finest events Louisville has to offer, such as The Taste of Derby and Barnstable-Brown parties. Time is running out, surf the web to DerbyDeals.com now, or give them a call at 877-DERBYKY!