Mo Forza Goes Wide To Win His Third Straight Stakes In Mathis Brothers Mile

by | 12.28.2019 | 11:07pm
Co-owner Barry Abrams poses with Mo Forza after their victory in the Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile, Saturday, December 28, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.© BENOIT PHOTO

OG Boss and Barry and Dyan Abrams' Bardy Farm's Mo Forza earned his third straight victory in graded stakes company this Saturday, triumphing by 1 1/4 lengths in the G2 Mathis Brothers Mile at Santa Anita Park. The 6-5 favorite had to go wide but found clear room in the stretch under jockey Joel Rosario, kicking clear late. Trained by Peter Miller, the 3-year-old son of Uncle Mo covered a mile over the “good” turf course in 1:34.26.

He's like big kid that finally learns to use his feet and hands and it's all over,” Miller said. “He always had the talent but he never really could put it all together I think we haven't seen the best of him yet. He is just starting to learn and once he relaxes a little bit better and doesn't want to lay in when he passes that last horse I think the sky is the limit, he's just a tremendous horse. A great job by Joel for harnessing him because he is a lot of horse and great job to Barry who bred the horse to win the race for Barry it's a thrill. I think the (Pegasus) is our first option, if everything is going well. With no Lasix the horse is never been a bleeder and so I don't see any reason why the Pegasus wouldn't be our next option.:

It was not my decision (to be so wide) but I just have to be with the horse,” Rosario said. “I loved making the move on the turn the way he did, I was just hanging on to the bridle and he just loved that so we stayed with that. The trip was good. He was happy where he was. I thought he could get a little closer, but it looked like wasn't having that today, so I left him where he was happy. I knew at some point he was going to get in his speed when it was there for me.

“It's  unbelievable (to be back) and to get a win for Barry Abrams when I came here from  Northern California he was the first one who gave me a winner here so it's very special for me to give him another winner here.”

Mo Forza has now won four of his nine career starts for earnings of $499,460.

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