“Under a heady ride from Mike Smith, Mr. Commons split horses in the stretch and drew off to a convincing 3 1/4-length victory in the $150,000 Sir Beaufort Stakes (gr. IIT) on the Dec. 26 opening day card at Santa Anita (VIDEO).

The 11-10 favorite in the eight-horse field that contested the one-mile turf test, Mr. Commons was far back as Comma to the Top took the early uncontested lead under Joe Talamo while being tracked by Ultimate Eagle. Comma to the Top set moderate fractions of :22.75, :45.47, and 1:09.22 before the field closed on him rounding the second turn.

Read more: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/66718/smith-guides-mr-commons-to-sir-beaufort-win#ixzz1hm96ShaS

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