02/26/2011 7:39PM

Santa Anita: Nothing common about this Mr.


Mr. Commons won his main track debut in a first-condition allowance race for 3-year-olds in Saturday's eighth race, a performance that will lead to a stakes start in a Kentucky Derby prep, trainer John Shirreffs said.

Mr. Commons ($4.20) won by a head over Hollywood Heist, finishing a mile in 1:34.84 on a track that played quick after overnight and early morning rain. The track was rated fast from Saturday's fourth race.

Ridden by Mike Smith, Mr. Commons was third on the backstretch while wide and was three-wide on the turn. By Artie Schiller, Mr. Commons has made three starts on as many different surfaces. He was sixth in a maiden race on a synthetic track at Hollywood Park on Dec. 18, and won a maiden race on the hillside turf course by 5 1-2 lengths on Jan. 15.