Secret Circle (right) leads his rivals as he heads to Sprint victoryPICTURE: Harry How/Getty Images
Secret Circle slams
rivals in Sprint success
Report: USA, Saturday
Santa Anita: Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (Grade 1) 3yo+, 6f
BOB BAFFERT notched his second win of the 2013 Breeders' Cup as Secret Circle came with a lightning fast wide run to take the Sprint from Laugh Track.
Two years ago Secret Circle won the Juvenile Sprint but his three-year-old season was curtailed by injury in April 2012. He only returned to the track last month, winning a minor event over course and distance.
A 19-day rest period before this contest tempered enthusiasm for the colt but he was still sent off 5-2 favourite and showed why with a punishing late drive from the middle of the track, which swamped leader Gentlemen's Bet.
Mike Smith on Laugh Track was following in the winner's path in the last furlong and the pair closed the gap in the final yards, but could not get on terms with Secret Circle under Martin Garcia, who had earlier won the Juvenile for Baffert on News Year's Day.
"I had a really good trip," said Garcia. "My horse was outside and the whole field was inside of me. I took advantage from there because I knew I had the best horse. I saw the other horse [Laugh Track] coming up on the outside and my horse started messing around but by then it was too late to beat me."
Baffet said: "I almost had him ready last year and then he had one of those little setbacks. But he came back this year and we just freshened him up. I got the race into him here and he was training really great.
"The bounce factor and all that stuff, well, he bounced back in the winner's circle!"
Earlier on the card Baffert's runner in the Juvenile Fillies, Secret Compass, was put down after sustaining an injury in the race.
"This business is so tough," he said. "Here just a little while ago I lost a two-year-old filly and now here I am winning a race like this."