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Mr. Commons puts in bullet work at Hollywood Park

Posted: March 17, 2011 1:01 p.m.
Updated: March 18, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Mr. Commons, a 3-year-old colt prepared in Camden by Mickey Preger Jr. at the Camden Training Center, had a bullet work at five furlongs on Tuesday at Santa Anita Park.

The son of Artie Schiller, who has won both of his starts as a 3-year-old, worked five furlongs in :59.20, which was the quickest work that day at that distance at Hollywood Park.

Trained by John Shirreffs, trainer of the recently retired Zenyatta, Mr. Commons has won over both the grass and the dirt at Santa Anita. He has been nominated to the $1,000,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 9.

Streak ends for Comet of Love:

Trained by Thomas Iannotti, Comet of Love was broken in Camden at Donna Freyer’s Custom Care Equine (CCE). In three years, Comet of Love has been to the winners’ circle eight times in 18 starts on the flat. She has earned more than $140,000 in her career.

One day later at Laurel, CCE graduate Dessert First scored an impressive 5 ¾-length win in a $12,000 maiden claimer for trainer Mary Eppler. Forest Boyce was on the 3-year-old filly for her first win in her second time out.

That same day, CCE-prepared Indian Lilly edged Gin Cat by a nose in a $33,000 claimer at Aqueduct.

The victory was the second in seven career starts for the 3-year-old filly which has bankrolled $43,670 in her career. Owned and trained by Charlton Baker, Indian Lilly had Simon Husbands in the irons for the winning ride.

On March 7, at Parx Racing, the CCE-prepared Help Me to Help U broke her maiden on her eighth try, scoring by a length and a quarter in a $22,000 maiden claimer.

The 3-year-old filly is trained by Keli Peterson-Rizer, who had Ricardo Chlappe up for the winning ride.


(Turned from Home is a regular feature in the sports pages of the Chronicle-Independent spotlighting Thoroughbred flat horses, which were sent to the track from Camden, as well as local owners and trainers. Any persons having racing information which they would like to pass along and be included in this column should call C-I sports editor Tom Didato at 432-6157 or, via e-mail at

After wins in each of her previous three starts, the Elkstone Group’s homebred, Comet of Love, has her streak end at Laurel Park on March 9 in a $33,000 allowance race. Comet of Love finished second, a half-length behind Miss Fleetfoot.


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