07/23/2011 5:23PM

Del Mar: Sharp debut for Secret Circle


Secret Circle, an Eddington colt making his career debut, scored a flashy win in a maiden race over 5 1-2 furlongs in Saturday's third race, suggesting he could be a starter in the $250,000 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 7.

Ridden by Rafael Bejarano for trainer Bob Baffert, Secret Circle ($6.80) took the lead shortly after the start and led throughout, finishing in a quick 1:03.40. Basmati, third to the Baffert-trained maiden race winner Brigand at Hollywood Park on July 3, finished third.

Secret Circle is owned by Mike Pegram, Paul Weitman and Karl Watson and was purchased for $185,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sale of 2-year-olds in-training in April.