Jockey (from last start)
Mo Forza has proven himself on the Del Mar grass at the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) distance with two stakes victories. This “horse for course” captured the Del Mar Mile Stakes (G2) Aug. 21 for the second consecutive year. The triumph was a comeback for Mo Forza who had not raced since taking the City of Hope Mile Stakes (G2) on Santa Anita’s turf on Oct. 3, 2020, a race in which he successfully defended his title on Oct. 2, coming from off the pace to score a half-length win for his fourth consecutive victory.
A few days after the City of Hope, his co-breeder and co-owner Barry Abrams died of the throat cancer that he battled for 15 years. Abrams was widely revered for his almost magical connection with horses, generosity and success as a trainer. Mo Forza was bred in Kentucky in the name of Bardy Farm that combined Barry’s name with his wife Dyan. He continues to race for Dyan, who resides in Arcadia California, and Onofrio Pecoraro of San Diego, who competes as OG Boss.
The son of 2010 Eclipse Award champion and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Uncle Mo was something of a late bloomer. He needed six starts to find the winner’s circle after being consistently close. He more than made amends by then winning six of his next seven starts that were all in the graded-stakes ranks.
Last year, Mo Forza was gearing up to be one of the favorites for the Breeders’ Cup Mile but was taken out of consideration two weeks before the race because of a minor setback.
“This horse kept Barry going,” trainer Peter Miller said at the time. “(He) gave him something to look forward to. (The Breeders’ Cup) meant a lot to Barry and meant a lot to me, so we were crossing our fingers and hoping he could 'Win One for The Gipper’.” (The football phrase refers to winning in someone’s honor.)
|October 02, 2021||City of Hope Mile S.||SANTA ANITA PARK||2||1|
|August 21, 2021||Del Mar Mile S.||DEL MAR||2||1|
|October 03, 2020||City of Hope Mile S.||SANTA ANITA PARK||2||1|
|August 23, 2020||Del Mar Mile H.||DEL MAR||2||1|
|January 25, 2020||Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational S. presented by Runhappy||GULFSTREAM PARK||1||9|
|December 28, 2019||Mathis Brothers Mile S.||SANTA ANITA PARK||2||1|
|November 30, 2019||Hollywood Derby||DEL MAR||1||1|
|November 02, 2019||Qatar Twilight Derby||SANTA ANITA PARK||2||1|
|September 29, 2019||SANTA ANITA PARK||1|
|August 31, 2019||DEL MAR||2|
|August 17, 2019||DEL MAR||4|
|July 27, 2019||DEL MAR||2|
|June 22, 2019||SANTA ANITA PARK||2|
|June 02, 2019||SANTA ANITA PARK||3|