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Bob Baffert said that Secret Circle had been working well for his racing debut. But not in such a manner as to portend the Eddington colt’s 7 1/4-length romp in Saturday’s third race in which he covered 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.40 under Rafael Bejarano.

“He was holding out on us,” Baffert said. “He’d been working well, heads-up with some other nice horses. But it makes you feel good to see something like that.”

Secret Circle is owned by the trio of Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, whose two-time Eclipse Award winner Lookin At Lucky won the 2009 Del Mar Futurity and the 2010 Preakness Stakes.

Off the initial effort, an assignment in a major 2-year-old stakes would seem to be in the offing for Secret Circle, a $165,000 purchase at the Ocala Sale in March.

“Either here or at Saratoga,” Baffert said. “Well play it by ear.”



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Actually, Eddington was trained by Mark Hennig. I fancied him in the '04 Preakness/Belmont and was on hand to see him triumph in the '05 Pimlico Special. Nice to see him sire a promising juvenile.
I agree with you, David. The first to break his heart was Cavonnier. He had the Derby in '96, but he didn't see Grindstone on the far outside. He was coasting home. And then, Silver Charm and Real Quiet. Wow, his career is unbeliievable with setbacks. I believe Eddington was trained by Pletcher. One thing that struck me as odd about this horse, was he was a closer, yet he ran up on the front end with Smarty Jones. I felt their instructions were to take out Smarty, at all costs, and it paid off. They weren't intending on winning the race, they just wanted to make sure Smarty didn't win the Triple Crown. Much like Woody Stephens didn't want Winning Colors to win the Preakness, when he sent Forty Niner into the backstretch, to take Winning Colors 6 wide.
Eddington, trained by (it'll come to me...) ummmm (his name is on the tip of my tongue) what's his name, was my Derby horse, but I'll tell you when this colt really shined - when he hit the turf and I'm going to be very curious to see how his offspring do on that surface, including this smooth mover, who undoubtedly soothed Baffter's wounded heart coming not long after his terrific 3yo filly lost a heartbreaker to It's Tricky. Is there anyone in the moden era of horseracing who has endured tougher beats than Baffert? Give the man credit, he's a testament to the kind of resolve it takes to not only survive the bad beats but to rise above them and risk it all again. I take my hat off to him.

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