Artie Schiller exacta in G2 Sir Beaufort
Monday, December 26, 2011
Even-money favorite Mr. Commons and Irish Art wrapped up an Artie Schiller exact in the Grade 2 Sir Beaufort S. Dec. 26 on opening day of the Santa Anita Park winter meet. Second-crop sire Artie Schiller came into the day ranked eighth among all sophomore sires, with more than $2.7 million in progeny earnings. Mr. Commons is his leading money-maker in 2011.

Mr. Commons came into the $150,000 Sir Beaufort off a close fifth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) last month at Churchill Downs. As he normally does, Mr. Commons settled in the back half of the field in the one-mile turf contest. Still sixth with a quarter mile to go, the bay colt came between foes in mid-stretch, drawing off in the final furlong to win by 3 1/4-lengths in 1:33.84.

"Since I got through it was great,” said winning rider Mike Smith. “I've learned that you can point this horse at a wall and he'll run through it if I ask him to. He really does everything you tell him so normally when you're that big of a favorite you'll probably go around but I was going to be able to cut the corner and make up three lengths. All I need is a very small seam with him."

Runner-up Irish Art was closer up early, but had to go four wide into the stretch, then finished strongly to hold the place spot.

After the $90,000 Sir Beaufort payday, Mr. Commons has bankrolled $473,660 for Ian Banwell, who campaigns the colt in the nom de course St. George Farm Racing LLC. Banwell bred Mr. Commons in Kentucky from the Apalachee mare Joustabout, who won the Natalma S. and is the dam of three-time stakes winner Jungle Fighter.
Expensive Tiznow colt graduates in style title=
Tiznow

Expensive Tiznow colt graduates in style

Tour de Force was just that on the Fair Grounds turf in his maiden special weight win on Jan. 15, winning comfortably by 2 3/4-lengths...

[read more]

Gemologist colt scores at first asking at Santa Anita title=
Gemologist

Gemologist colt scores at first asking at Santa Anita

Following a solid series of workouts over the past two months, Gemologist's Aquamarine came away a two-length maiden special weight debut winner Friday at Santa Anita Park...

[read more]

$1.3 million More Than Ready colts tops Magic Millions sale title=
More Than Ready

$1.3 million More Than Ready colts tops Magic Millions sale

A yearling More Than Ready colt and full brother to Grade 1 winner Sebring (AUS) topped the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling sale with a winning bid of A$1.3 million...

[read more]

Reynaldothewizard works magic once again in Dubawi S. title=
Speightstown

Reynaldothewizard works magic once again in Dubawi S.

Making his first start since last March, the incomparable 11-year-old son of Speightstown Reynaldothewizard captured the third straight running of the $175,000 Dubawi S. Thursday at Meydan...

[read more]

Bodemeister colt realizes $195K Tuesday at Keeneland title=
Bodemeister

Bodemeister colt realizes $195K Tuesday at Keeneland

Bodemeister had one of the top-selling yearlings during Tuesday's session of the Jan. 9-13 Keeneland Horses of All Ages sale when a colt brought a winning bid of $195,000...

[read more]

First foal is a filly for G1 winner Daredevil

First foal is a filly for G1 winner Daredevil

WinStar Farm’s Daredevil, More Than Ready’s winner of the Champagne S. (G1) at two, sired his first reported foal on Tuesday when a filly was born at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag, NY...

[read more]

Multiple G1 winner Constitution sires first foal

Multiple G1 winner Constitution sires first foal

WinStar Farm’s Constitution, the multiple Grade 1-winning son of Tapit, sired his first reported foal Monday night when a filly was born at Crestwood Farm in Lexington, KY...

[read more]

First foal is a filly for Commissioner

First foal is a filly for Commissioner

WinStar Farm’s Commissioner, A.P. Indy’s last Classic-placed son to retire to stud, sired his first reported foal on Jan. 5th when a bay filly was born at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, KY...

[read more]

Congrats filly earns Eclipse Award nomination title=
Congrats

Congrats filly earns Eclipse Award nomination

Congrats' multiple Graded stakes-winning filly Haveyougoneaway was named as a finalist for the 2016 Eclipse Award as Champion Female Sprinter...

[read more]

Classic Empire finalist for 2YO Eclipse Award title=
Pioneerof the Nile

Classic Empire finalist for 2YO Eclipse Award

For the second time from his first four crops Pioneerof the Nile has the favorite to earn an Eclipse Award in the 2-year-old male category...

[read more]