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Secret Circle

Secret Circle kept his perfect Breeders’ Cup record intact when he held off a fast-closing Laugh Track by a neck to win the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita, and became just the third horse in history to win two different Breeders’ Cup races. Secret Circle also gave Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert with his 10th victory in the Championships and fourth in the Sprint to go with Thirty Slews in 1992 at Gulfstream Park and Midnight Lute in 2007 at Monmouth Park and 2008 at Santa Anita.

Second in the Arkansas Derby in 2012, Secret Circle was sidelined by a sesamoid injury and did not return to the races for 18 months to win an allowance race at Santa Anita on Oct. 14. Less than three weeks later, he was back in the Santa Anita winner’s circle as a triumphant favorite in a Breeders’ Cup race. Secret Circle also won the 2011 Juvenile Sprint at Churchill Downs as the 2-5 favorite.

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