Bardy Farm and OG Boss's MO FORZA fired huge off a layoff, using the length of the stretch to reel in top class foes in capturing Saturday's $300K Del Mar Mile Stakes (G1) at Del Mar.
It was a successful title defense for the Grade 1 winner, who we have not seen in over 10 months. But he is back in a big way.
"They smoked home," Miller said. "I hadn't really tightened the screws. I didn't want to hurt him training," said Miller, who keeps Mo Forza at San Luis Rey Downs. "They were walking. He flew home. I couldn't be more proud of the crew." (Daily Racing Form)
Ridden by jockey Flavien Prat, and sent off at odds of $1.10-to-win, MO FORZA raced unhurried in midpack, about five lengths off the lead, while pacesetter NEPTUNE'S STORM opened the quarters in 23.69 and 48.52. SMOOTH LIKE STRAIT was applying pressure from second, then it was a length back to HIT THE ROAD in third.
Turning for home, the top three favorites—MO FORZA, SMOOTH LIKE STRAIT, HIT THE ROAD— were poised to run a big one; they ranged up to the leader and formed a line across the track. But in the final eighth of a mile, MO FORZA hit his best stride and collared SMOOTH LIKE STRAIT before the line. HIT THE ROAD kept on for third. The final time for the one mile on turf was 1:35.03.
MO FORZA paid $4.20 to win, $2.60 to place, and $2.10 to show. He is by UNCLE MO out of INFLAMED by UNUSUAL HEAT. He's now won 7 of his last 8 races, while notching his sixth graded stakes win of his career. His earnings exceed $914,460, as he defends his Del Mar Stakes title with this repeat win.
Per DRF, Peter Miller revealed plans for the Breeder's Cup, that he's inclined to run [MO FORZA] once more, again in the City of Hope Mile (G2) on October 2nd at Santa Anita.
"He's a big, heavy horse who would probably benefit from another race," Miller said.
Source: Equibase, Jay Privman, Daily Racing Form