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No secret: Baffert rules Arkansas after Secret Circle takes Rebel, and is No. 4 on Derby list
Bob Baffert's Arkansas Shuttle keeps rolling, likely carrying a couple of his 3-year-old colts to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby in less than seven weeks.
The Hall of Fame trainer based in California had another successful weekend at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., with Secret Circle winning the $500,000 Rebel Stakes by three-quarters of a length over fast-closing Optimizer on Saturday.
With his fifth win in six starts, Secret Circle moves up to No. 4 on the latest AP Run to the Roses Top 10 list of Derby contenders. Union Rags, Hansen and El Padrino remain 1-2-3 as they get ready for their final preps before the Derby on May 5.