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.”