10/30/2013 3:26PM

Breeders' Cup Sprint: Secret Circle jumps into the picture


ARCADIA, Calif. – After Secret Circle sat idle for 18 months before returning to the races just three weeks ago, it seemed inconceivable that he would be among the 12 starters in Saturday’s $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint, let alone be considered one of the horses to beat in the six-furlong dash. But in a topsy-turvy division plagued all season long by injuries and most recently the tragic death of Points Offthebench, Secret Circle has suddenly emerged, along with Private Zone and Justin Phillip, as one of the leading candidates to win the race and give his trainer, Bob Baffert, a record fourth victory in the Sprint.