Mo Forza

Mo Forza Goes from Strength to Strength

Taylor Made has occasionally partnered with other farms in stallion ventures, most notably with WinStar on Speightstown and Tiznow. However, they are dipping their toes into the California stallion market for the first time with Grade I winner Mo Forza (Uncle Mo--Inflamed, by Unusual Heat) in partnership with Tom and Nancy Clark's Rancho San Miguel. The millionaire turf star--whose name roughly means "strength" in Italian--was retired for 2022 to the 210-acre farm in San Miguel, a sleepy and small Spanish mission town in the famed Paso Robles wine region of...

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Mo Forza Gets First Mare In Foal

The first mare bred to Grade I winner Mo Forza (Uncle Mo), Alice Bamford's two-time winner Californiasunshine (Lucky Pulpit), has checked in foal on a single cover. Mo Forza, who entered stud this year at Rancho San Miguel in the Golden State, won no fewer than seven graded races in the course of his career, including the 2019 GI Hollywood Derby at Del Mar. "Mo Forza has handled the transition to his breeding career with class and vigor, just like he sailed through his racing career," said Rancho San Miguel...

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GISW Mo Forza to Rancho San Miguel

Mo Forza (Uncle Mo--Inflamed, Unusual Heat), a Grade I winner and $1 million-plus earner, has been retired from racing and will commence his stallion career in 2022 at Rancho San Miguel in California as the property of Taylor Made Stallions and Onofrio Pecoraro. The 5-year-old, who will represent Kentucky-based Taylor Made Farm's first foray into California's breeding industry, is the first son of Uncle Mo-North America's 2010 Champion juvenile colt and the sire of the Grade 1-siring stallions Nyquist and Laoban--to stand on the West Coast. Mo Forza's introductory fee...

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$5K Multiple Medication Fine For Miller

Trainer Peter Miller has been fined $5,000 and assessed one half (1/2) point in accordance with the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) multiple medication violations rule as a result of Mr. Dougie Fresh (Ghostzapper) testing positive for phenylbutazone after working at San Luis Rey Downs on Sept. 13, according to a Los Alamitos board of stewards ruling Sunday. Phenylbutazone--more commonly referred to as just "bute"--is a class 4, category C drug. This constituted Miller's third class 4 medication violation in California in 365 days. On Sept. 2, Miller was fined...

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Third Class 4 Drug Complaint Issued Against Miller This Year

The Peter Miller trained Mr. Dougie Fresh (Ghostzapper) tested positive for phenylbutazone--a class 4, penalty category C drug--after the horse worked at the San Luis Rey Downs training center Sept. 19, according to a California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) complaint dated Sept. 26. Miller, who did not request a split sample in this case, is scheduled to appear before the Santa Anita board of stewards at an unspecified date. This is Miller's third overage offense in 365 days. On April 10, Miller was fined $500 after Hembree (Proud Citizen) tested...

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GISW Mo Forza to Miss BC Mile

Mo Forza (Uncle Mo) will miss the GI Breeders' Cup Mile at Keeneland Nov. 7 due to a minor issue, according to Peter Miller Saturday. "If all goes well, we'll run in the Breeders' Cup next year at Del Mar," the trainer said. "What happened is just bad timing. I think he's the best turf miler in the world and I'm disappointed he won't be able to prove it this year." Mo Forza is co-owned by Onofrio Pecoraro, who races as OG Boss, and by the estate of former trainer...

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Mo Forza Breeders' Cup Bound after City of Hope Win

The heavy chalk with an eye on the GI Breeders' Cup Mile in five weeks, Mo Forza more than delivered in the GII City of Hope Mile S. As per his usual style, he wasn't swift out of the gate, but settled confidently on the outside in fifth and had an air of controlled power as he let the race unfold. Blitzkrieg (War Front) was hustled to the lead as Bob and Jackie hounded him and Sharp Samurai threatened in third. The order remained the same as the first quarter...

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Brown Trio Tough in Pegasus Turf

The winner of the inaugural renewal of the GI Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational S. with newly crowned Horse of the Year Bricks and Mortar (Giant's Causeway), the Chad Brown-trained triumvirate of contenders offer an imposing line of attack in giving the four-time Eclipse Award winning trainer his second consecutive edition of the Gulfstream race. The graded-stakes winning Instilled Regard (Arch), Without Parole (GB) (Frankel {GB})-winner of the 2018 G1 St. James's Palace S.--and the up-and-coming Sacred Life (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) appear to have the trainer's bases covered. "His first...

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Keeneland January Sale Starts Monday

Keeneland kicks off the 2020 sales season with a five-day renewal of its January Horses of All Ages Sale in Lexington Monday, with bidding slated to begin at 10 a.m. Temperatures are expected to be unseasonably warm during sales week and Keeneland officials hope the action inside the pavilion matches the weather outside. "There haven't been a significant number of external changes," Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said of his expectations for the January sale. "The economy is still solid, purses continue to rise domestically, the...

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