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Private Zone has Met Mile as long-range goal

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Private Zone, the winner of Saturday’s Grade 1 Cigar Mile, will be based in New York next year, with one of his major goals being the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap in June, according to Rene Douglas, the former jockey who manages the horse for Good Friends Stable. Read More...

Private Zone impossible to catch in Cigar Mile

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Jockey Martin Pedroza changed his normal prerace routine aboard Private Zone before Saturday’s Grade 1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct for two reasons. First, he wanted to make sure the gelding left the gate quickly from the rail. Second, well, the Southern California-based jockey was cold. Read More...

Cigar Mile hits Vyjack right in his sweet spot

DRF | 3 weeks ago
When you analyze what each of the top contenders in Saturday’s Grade 1 Cigar Mile does best, it becomes apparent that few of them have excelled at the one-turn-mile configuration of the race. Read More...

Distance of Cigar Mile no issue for Secret Circle, Baffert says

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Though it has been more than two years since Secret Circle has raced beyond six furlongs, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert doesn’t believe distance will be an issue when the 5-year-old horse runs in Saturday’s Grade 1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct. Read More...

Work All Week gets payday in BC Sprint

DRF | 2 months ago
Work All Week remained perfect on dirt and laid claim to the title of fastest horse in the world after holding off defending champion Secret Circle to register a half-length victory in the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Saturday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Speed rules the BC Sprint, but there is no clear standout

DRF | 2 months ago
The 2014 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita is packed with full and wide-open fields, none more so than the $1.5 million Sprint on Saturday. Read More...

Sprint draws 21 pre-entries, with some surprises

DRF | 2 months ago
The presence of defending champion Secret Circle, multiple Grade 1 sprint winner Palace, and Hong Kong invader Rich Tapestry, who captured the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship in his sparkling U.S. debut, did little to scare away the opposition, as 21 horses were pre-entered Monday for the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Read More...

Big Macher coming into Sprint fresh

DRF | 2 months ago
Big Macher may be one of the best-kept secrets in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Idle since an uncharacteristically poor sixth-place finish in the Grade 2 Pat O’Brien at Del Mar on Aug. 24, Big Macher will come into the Sprint a fresh horse off a series of swift works that includes six furlongs in 1:11.40 on Monday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Secret Circle works five furlongs toward Santa Anita Sprint Championship

DRF | 3 months ago
Secret Circle, the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Sprint last year, worked five furlongs in 59 seconds Sunday, preparing for Saturday’s $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship. Read More...

Secret Circle back in training

DRF | 5 months ago
Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner, Secret Circle, hasn’t been seen since the spring, but he is back in training at Los Alamitos, and trainer Bob Baffert said a defense of his Sprint title is the goal. Read More...

Secret Circle scratched from Count Fleet after being tranquilized

DRF | 8 months ago
Trainer Bob Baffert said Secret Circle has been scratched from the Grade 3, $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn Park on Thursday after he learned that the horse was given a tranquilizer on his Tex Sutton flight from Southern California to Arkansas. Read More...

Oaklawn Park: Secret Circle, Heitai throw down in Count Fleet

DRF | 8 months ago
The Grade 3, $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn Park on Thursday has the look of a real throwdown: From the rail is Secret Circle, the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, and in post 3 is Heitai, who seeks his fifth consecutive win while packing two of the year’s top sprint-distance Beyer Speed Figures. Read More...

Oaklawn Park: Secret Circle draws rail for Count Fleet Sprint Handicap

DRF | 9 months ago
Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Secret Circle drew the rail for the Grade 3, $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn Park on Thursday. He’s part of a six-horse field that includes Louisiana-bred sprint sensation Heitai. Read More...

Santa Anita: Beholder, Secret Circle work

DRF | 9 months ago
The 2013 Breeders’ Cup race winners Beholder and Secret Circle worked on Friday at Santa Anita, in preparation for major stakes. Read More...

Santa Anita: Secret Circle staying in U.S.

DRF | 9 months ago
Secret Circle, the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Sprint last November, will not start in the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai on March 29, trainer Bob Baffert said on Friday. Read More...

Santa Anita: Wild Dude wins Palos Verdes in stakes debut

DRF | 11 months ago
The spotlight in Sunday’s $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes at Santa Anita was meant to be on 2013 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Secret Circle or Sahara Sky, the winner of the Grade 1 Metropolitan Mile last May. Instead, Wild Dude, a stablemate of Sahara Sky with trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, ran the best race of his career to win the Grade 2 Palos Verdes by a neck over 1-2 Secret Circle. Read More...

Santa Anita: Palos Verdes a showdown between Secret Circle, Sahara Sky

DRF | 11 months ago
Secret Circle and Sahara Sky, the country’s top sprinters, meet Sunday in the Grade 2 Palos Verdes Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs. Three others were entered, but it’s a two-horse. Read More...

Santa Anita notes: Majestic City tries to go long in San Pasqual

DRF | 11 months ago
For Majestic City, a three-time stakes winner, Saturday's Grade 2 San Pasqual is the primary wintertime goal. The distance will be a test for the 5-year-old horse owned by Bloom Racing Stable and trained by Ron Ellis. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Sprint: Does Secret Circle deserve an Eclipse?

DRF | 1 year ago
Did Secret Circle turn his three-week 2013 campaign into an Eclipse Award-winning campaign with his victory in Saturday’s $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint? Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Sprint: Secret Circle overcomes layoff, traffic

DRF | 1 year ago
Secret Circle, a horse who wasn’t on anybody’s radar screen a month ago, emerged as the leading candidate to win a division championship after overcoming an eventful trip to register a neck victory over the fast-closing Laugh Track on Saturday at Santa Anita in the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Sprint: Secret Circle jumps into the picture

DRF | 1 year ago
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. Read More...

Injuries take their toll on 3-year-old stars

DRF | 2 years ago
Marcus Hersh 0 Emily ShieldsI'll Have Another, this year's Derby and Preakness winner, in the paddock before the Belmont Stakes on June 9.... Read More...

Oaklawn: Bodemeister, Secret Circle, Sabercat get green light for Kentucky Derby

DRF | 3 years ago
Jay Privman Coady PhotographyBodemeister received a 105 Beyer Speed Figure for his win in the Arkansas Derby.HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Bodemeister, Secret Circle, and Sabercat, the first three fi... Read More...

Arkansas Derby: Baffert holds strong pair in Bodemeister, Secret Circle

DRF | 3 years ago
Mary Rampellini HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Secret Circle has developed into one of the nation’s top Kentucky Derby prospects without a lot of fanfare. Even though he will be going for a swee... Read More...

Team Baffert Arrives at Oaklawn

Bob Baffert-trained runners Secret Circle and Bodemiester arrived at Oaklawn Park on Tuesday to settle in before their engagement in Saturday’s Arkansas Derby (G1). “We’re in good shape, “ Baffert assistant Jimmy Barnes told Oaklawn Publicity. ... Read More...

Santa Anita: Bodemeister tunes up for Arkansas Derby

DRF | 3 years ago
Steve Andersen Benoit & AssociatesDrill (left) will run in the Northern Spur at Oaklawn rather than the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland this weekend.There will be Southern California-based runners... Read More...

Santa Anita: Bodemeister tunes up for Arkansas Derby

DRF | 3 years ago
Steve Andersen Benoit & AssociatesDrill (left) will run in the Northern Spur at Oaklawn rather than the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland this weekend.There will be Southern California-based runners... Read More...

Santa Anita: Baffert will be active in major stakes at Oaklawn Park

DRF | 3 years ago
Steve Andersen Trainer Bob Baffert will have a busy weekend in Arkansas on April 13-14. Baffert said he will start Mamma Kimbo and Jemima’s Pearl in the $300,000 Fantasy Stakes for 3-year-o... Read More...

Kentucky Derby: Scouting the top horses and key prep races

DRF | 3 years ago
DRF staff Lynn RobertsEl Padrino (left) outduels Mark Valeski by a nose in the Feb. 25 Risen Star. What did the race say about both colts' Kentucky Derby chances?As March turns to April, our anal... Read More...

Rebel Stakes recap

2012 Triple Crown | 3 years ago
Jon and Joel discuss three key races from the weekend, including the Rebel Stakes (G2). Which of the 3 winners – Secret Circle, Gemologist and Street Life – move up the TCI Top 10? You may be surprised. Read More...

Trip Notes: Rebel Stakes, Inside Information Stakes, Santa Margarita Stakes, and more

DRF | 3 years ago
Michael Hammersly Saturday, March 17, 2012 Aqueductread more Read More...

Oaklawn Park: Secret Circle will return to go for sweep in Arkansas Derby

DRF | 3 years ago
Secret Circle is being pointed to the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby following his victory in Saturday's Grade 2 Rebel at Oaklawn Park.HOT SPRINGS, Ark. &nda... Read More...

Busted Bracket? There’s Always Horse Racing

Not much in sports compares to the tantalizing drama and genuine excitement of the NCAA basketball tournament, better known as March Madness. With all of the upsets of high seeds so early in this year’s tournament, chances are that many brackets are ... Read More...

Secret Circle and Sabercat to meet in Rebel

Secret Circle, winner of a division of the Southwest Stakes (G3) on Feb. 20, returns to Oaklawn Park for Saturday’s $500,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) to face a competitive group of 3-year-olds, including highly regarded Sabercat (G3). Read More...

Oaklawn: Baffert again the man to beat in Rebel

DRF | 3 years ago
Mary Rampellini HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Beat Bob Baffert. That’s been the story of the Rebel the last two years, and the Oaklawn Park Grade 2 reads much the same on Saturday. Baffert has ... Read More...

Baffert’s best device for spotting Derby prospects is his own intuition

DRF | 3 years ago
Jay Privman ARCADIA, Calif. – One of the reasons Bob Baffert rose so quickly through the ranks of Thoroughbred trainers, all the way to the Hall of Fame, is that he relies so much on instin... Read More...

Maiden Madness

2012 Triple Crown | 3 years ago
Jon & Joel talk about the continuation of new shooters onto the Kentucky Derby trail, and interview the owner that potentially holds the strongest hand in this year’s Kentucky Derby picture. Read More...