Pegasus World Cup Turf Odds, Contender Profile: Mo Forza

Pegasus World Cup Turf Odds and Post Positions

By Margaret Ransom

Mo Forza – Photo Courtesy of Benoit Photo

Mo Forza, a talented son of Uncle Mo, burst onto the scene late last year, but in just three starts earned a spot as one of three finalists for an Eclipse Award in the older turf male division.

The 4-year-old colt has won his last four starts, including the Hollywood Derby (G1), and Twilight Derby (G2) and Mathis Brothers Mile (G2), dating back to his maiden in late September. And though it took him five near-misses to earn that initial victory, he’s always been consistent and has just one finish worse than third (fourth) in his nine-race career.

Mo Forza looks to make it five in a row in the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1). He is among 12 main invitees to the race at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25.

“He’s like a big kid that finally learns to use his feet and hands and it’s all over,” trainer Peter 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.”

Mo Forza

Trainer: Peter Miller

Owners: Bardy Farm and OG Boss

Career record: 9-4-3-1

Career earnings:  $499,460

Pedigree: Uncle Mo-Inflamed, by Unusual Heat

Age: 4

Running style: Mid-pack/Closer

Handicapping insights:

“Won three in a row, two stakes; serious threat.’’ – Ed McNamara

“Meteoric rise from September maiden winner to Grade 1 winner with consistently strong speed figures through three straight graded stakes wins … a top Pegasus Turf win contender. — Noel Michaels

Notes: Bred in Kentucky by former trainer Barry Abrams’ Bardy Farm, who co-owns with Onofrio Pecoraro, who races as OG Boss … Abrams, a native of Minsk, Russia, has been battling throat cancer and beating it for 15 years … was also a former harness trainer and conditioned California’s all-time leading sire Unusual Heat, who is Mo Forza’s grandsire, after he was claimed in 1996 … based out of Miller’s San Luis Rey Downs base in Bonsall, California.

Pegasus World Cup Turf Post Positions
PP Horse Jockey Trainer ML
1 Zulu Alpha Tyler Gaffalione Michael Maker 12-1
2 Arklow Luis Saez Brad Cox 6-1
3 Without Parole Frankie Dettori Chad Brown 4-1
4 Sadler’s Joy Javier Castellano Tom Albertrani 8-1
5 Channel Cat John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 10-1
6 Instilled Regard N/A Chad Brown 10-1
7 Admission Office Jose L. Ortiz Brian Lynch 30-1
8 Henley’s Joy Julien Leparoux Michael Maker 30-1
9 Next Shares Jose Valdivia, Jr. Richard Baltas 30-1
10 Mo Forza Joel Rosario Pete Miller 5-1
11 Sacred Life N/A Chad Brown 12-1
12 Magic Wand Ryan Moore Aidan O’Brien 7-2

For more information/tickets: PegasusWorldCup.com

Find more Pegasus World Cup 2020 and Pegasus World Cup Turf 2020 Contenders Profile here:

Spun to Run

Math Wizard

Higher Power

Channel Cat

Seeking the Soul

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