Current economics of Thoroughbred racing are pretty interesting. For less than a $7,500 stud fee, breeders have many solid stallion choices in Kentucky alone. Pedigrees, race records, proven sires and promising young stallions are all available in that range. A horse I really like, at a $5,000 fee, is Secret Circle. He was a gutsy, fast, consistent racehorse, who won over $3.6 million and was off the board ONCE in 16 starts. He was a stakes winner at 2,3,4, and 6, including two Breeders Cup wins, and a runner-up finish in another Breeders Cup. His pedigree has produced several Grade 1 winners and is especially proficient in win early types, and crosses well with many of today’s leading broodmare sire lines.
At two Secret Circle was undefeated, highlighted by a win in the Breeders Cup Juvenile Sprint. At three he showed ability to stretch to two turns, winning the Rebel at Oaklawn and finishing 2nd to Bodemeister in the Arkansas Derby. After a layoff, he returned to win the 2013 Breeders Cup Sprint, ran a game 2nd in the 2014 Sprint to that year’s Eclipse Award sprinter, and was runner-up to Private Zone in the Cigar Mile. Secret Circle capped his career with a win in the Dubai Golden Shaheen at Meydan, beating Grade 1 winners Rich Tapestry, Big Macher and Salutos Amigos.
Secret Circle is the leading money winner by Grade 1 winner Eddington, a son of Unbridled, and comes from a stakes winning Dixieland Band mare. The cross of Unbridled with Dixieland Band mares has produced graded stakes winners Cotton Blossom, Eight Belles and Sindy with an S, and further in the pedigree, when considering Mr. Prospector over Dixieland Band, you will find Breeders Cup Juvenile winners Street Sense and New Year’s Day.
Storm Cat line mares look to cross well with Secret Circle, as Eddington has produced stakes winners Let Her Dance and Gadsden Purchase from that line. Mares from the direct Mr. Prospector line, like daughters of Smart Strike, Seeking the Gold, Fusiaichi Pegasus and Pioneering have found success with Eddington, and other sons/grandsons of Unbridled. Polish Numbers mares have produced well in this cross and building on the Unbridled/Dixieland Band proven success, Secret Circle looks to cross well with mares from Dixieland Band and his sons/grandsons.
Secret Circle’s first foals arrive this year. He covered 63 mares in 2016, with three selling at auction for a $27, 400 average, including a mare out of Hall of Famer Silverbulletday who fetched $75, 000 from Woods Edge Farm.
I think if you’re looking for a stallion who has a lot of upside, Secret Circle has to be one to consider. He retired sound, was a consistent racehorse who won from distances of six furlongs to a mile and a sixteenth, competed at the top of his division and comes from a win early family with proven stakes quality that crosses well with many of the leading families. As Baffert assistant Jimmy Barnes said after his Breeders Cup win, “he’s a big, strong, resilient horse.”