01/15/2011 5:06PM

Santa Anita: Mr. Commons is special


Mr. Commons made his turf debut in Saturday's second race and had little trouble winning a maiden race on the hillside turf course.

Ridden by Mike Smith, Mr. Commons ($14.60) was on the lead throughout and pulled away through the stretch to win by 5 1-2 lengths over Akkadian, a first-time starter who finished with interest. Eric the Ram, an 11-1 shot, finished third, while Arousal, the 3-2 favorite, never reached contention and finished sixth.

Mr. Commons was sixth in his debut at Hollywood Park on Dec. 18, finishing 6 1-2 lengths behind Sinai, who starts in Monday's San Pedro Stakes for sprinters on the main track.mJohn Shirreffs trains Mr. Commons.