By J.J. Hysell
With his breathtaking win in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in just his second race off a 18-month layoff, Secret Circle has elevated himself to star status.
Even his trainer, Bob Baffert, was starry-eyed after the 4-year-old son of Eddington blasted past his foes to win the six-furlong, $1,500,000 Grade 1 race in 1:08.73.
“Only a certain horse like a Midnight Lute or a Secret Circle can pull off something like this,” Baffert said after the race.
He would know. Baffert trained the speedy two-time Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner who now stands at stud at Hill ‘n Dale.
Secret Circle, winner of the now-defunct Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint in 2012, has already surpassed Midnight Lute in career victories with seven. The Kentucky-bred won the Grade 3 Southwest and the Grade 2 Rebel and was runner-up to Bodemeister in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby during his 3-year-old season.
Even more interesting to note is how Baffert described the bay colt to radio and TV host Billy Bush, who anchored much of the Breeders’ Cup coverage for NBC.
“Billy Bush, he was doing a segment on him the other day from Access Television, or whatever it is,” Baffert said. “I was showing him all the horses, Game on Dude, Paynter, and we were walking around the barn. I said ‘Bud, if you were back in the West in the old days and you wanted to rob a bank, this is the horse you want to get on right here.'”