Kentucky Derby Contenders - Day 22: #9 Secret Circle

Contributed By Post Time Pete
Posted on 4/22/12 8:00 AM

Day 22: #9 Secret Circle

Secret Circle Trainer: Bob Baffert Michael E. Pegram Silks
Jockey: Rafael Bejarano*
Owner: Michael E. Pegram
Breeder: Wilmott Stables
Earnings: $470,000*
Next Race: Kentucky Derby
* Current as of April 1, 2012

Secret Circle is an Eddington and Ragtime Hope colt. In 7 career starts he has five wins and two places, never finishing below second. His most recent race was the Arkansas Derby in which he placed second to Bodemeister, another Bob Baffert horse. Baffert has no shortage of winners in his stable and Secret Circle is definitely one of them.

There are a handful of things I really like about this horse. He's only had one jockey - the distinguished Rafael Bejarano. His racing distance has been gradually increased virtually every time out and each time, he rose to the challenge. I'm confident the distance in the Derby will not be an issue for him. He's also a California horse who has raced outside of California successfully - once at Churchill Downs and three times at Oaklawn Park.

Secret Circle is definitely a horse to pay attention to and he definitely will make this enthusiast's short list. We'll have a complete update on May 1st so be sure to come back often. You can also follow us on Twitter @9thrace and on Facebook for updates and information!

Click here to preview yesterday's breakdown of #10 on the earnings list, Dullahan.

Check back tomorrow when we preview #8 on our list, Daddy Nose Best.

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