10/11/2011 3:04PM

Santa Anita: Secret Circle points to Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint

Shigeki Kikkawa
Secret Circle wins the Jack Goodman Stakes by 5 1/4 lengths.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Secret Circle, the 2-year-old colt who scored an easy win in Monday’s minor Jack Goodman Stakes, left trainer Bob Baffert somewhat surprised by the result.

Ridden by Martin Garcia, Secret Circle ($3.20) stalked two pacesetters, circled those rivals and pulled away to win the six-furlong race by 5 1/4 lengths in the quick time of 1:08.27.

“I’m sort of half-shocked the way he ran,” Baffert said. “He didn’t show that in the morning. It’s amazing.”

The win left Baffert and co-owner Mike Pegram planning a start in the newly created Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint over six furlongs at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.

Secret Circle beat maidens in his debut at Del Mar in July and made his second start in the Goodman.

“We’ll find out if Bob knows how to train a fast one,” Pegram said in the winner’s circle. “That was impressive.”