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Shirreffs may have big plans for Camden-prepared Mr. Commons
'Turned from home' will track local horses and stables
MIKE SMITH BOOTS HOME Mr. Commons to an impressive victory over the downhill turf course at Santa Anita for trainer John Shirreffs. The 3-year-old colt was developed at the Camden Training Center under the watchful eye of trainer Mickey Preger Jr. - photo by Photo courtesy of Benoit Photo
John Shirreffs will forever be known as trainer of the iconic Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year and 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic champion. The California-based trainer has been known not to rush a horse, giving the younger runners a chance to develop at their own pace. Among the runners in Shirreffs’ barn at Santa Anita Park is Mr. Commons, a 3-year-old colt who was developed at the Camden Training Center by trainer Mickey Preger Jr. Mr. Commons, by Artie Schiller out of Joustabout, had a none-too-memorable first start, finishing sixth in a field of seven in a $38,000 maiden special weight race for 2-year-olds at Hollywood Park in the rain on Dec. 18, 2010.