Pegasus World Cup Turf Profile: Mo Forza

Pegasus World Cup Turf Contenders

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 2020 Contenders (Invitees)
Horse Owner Trainer
Admission Office Amerman Racing Brian Lynch
Arklow Donegal Racing, Joseph Bulger, Peter Coneway Brad Cox
Channel Cat Calumet Farm Todd Pletcher
Henley’s Joy Bloom Racing Stable Michael Maker
Instilled Regard OXO Equine Chad Brown
Magic Wand Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier Aidan O’Brien
Mo Forza Bardy Farm, OG Boss Peter Mille
Next Shares Debby Baltas, Richard Baltas, Christopher Dunn,
Jules Iavarone, Michael Iavarone, Jerry McClanahan,
Ritchie Robershaw, Mark Taylor
Richard Baltas
Sacred Life Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables, Wonder Stables, Bethlehem Stables Chad Brown
Sadler’s Joy Woodslane Farm Tom Albertrani
Without Parole John D. Gunther, Tanya Gunther Chad Brown
Zulu Alpha Michael Hui Michael Maker


Reserve Invitees in Order of Preference
Horse Owner Trainer
American Tattoo Calumet Farm, John Anthony Stables Todd Pletcher
Mr. Misunderstood Flurry Racing Stables Brad Cox
Synchrony Pin Oak Stable Michael Stidham
Tusk Jordan V. Wycoff Saffie Joseph, Jr.

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Margaret Ransom
California native and lifelong horsewoman Margaret Ransom is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program. She got her start in racing working in the publicity departments at Calder Race Course and Hialeah Park, as well as in the racing office at Gulfstream Park in South Florida. She then spent six years in Lexington, KY, at where she helped create and develop the company’s popular newsletters, Handicapper’s Edge and Bloodstock Journal.

After returning to California, she served six years as the Southern California news correspondent for BloodHorse, assisted in the publicity department at Santa Anita Park and and was a contributor to many other racing publications, including HorsePlayer Magazine and Trainer Magazine. She then spent seven years at HRTV and in various roles as researcher, programming assistant, producer and social media and marketing manager. She has also walked hots and groomed runners, worked the elite sales in Kentucky for top-class consignors and volunteers for several race horse retirement organizations, including CARMA.

Margaret’s very first Breeders’ Cup was at Hollywood Park in 1984 and she has attended more than half of the Breeders’ Cups since. She counts Holy Bull as her favorite horse of all time. She lives in Pasadena with her longtime beau, Tony, three Australian Shepherds and one Golden Retriever.