Co-owner Onofrio Pecoraro, left, has a second with Mo Forza after their victory within the Grade I, $300,000 Hollywood Derby, Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Membership, Del Mar CA.© BENOIT PHOTO
OG Boss and Bardy Farm’s homebred Mo Forza persisted to roll in Southern California, scoring his 3rd consecutive victory in Saturday’s Grade 1 Hollywood Derby. Below the steering of jockey Paco Lopez, the Peter Miller-trained colt needed to struggle the period of the stretch with Neptune’s Hurricane however was once ready to be successful via three-quarters of a period. The three-year-old son of Uncle Mo, despatched off because the 5-2 favourite within the box of 12, ran 9 furlongs over Del Mar’s “excellent” turf direction in 1:48.57.
It was once the 3rd stakes win at the card for Paco Lopez, who additionally gained the Purple Carpet and the Jimmy Durante.
“You’ll be able to glance excellent when you find yourself driving the most efficient horse within the race,” Lopez mentioned. “You have got simply were given to get fortunate (and get on that horse). I used to be the use of my palms on him all the way through the operating. I took slightly of a hang on him. I feel he preferred my palms. After we made the lead (within the stretch), he was once ready (on different horses). However we were given busy. These days was once an important day for me. Right here I’m: Del Mar. Large horses. Just right jockeys. And I am getting to win 3 stakes. You have to be fortunate. I used to be nowadays.”
The primary to the lead was once Neptune’s Hurricane, and with Uncle Bull prompting the tempo from 2d he led thru early fractions of :23.90 and :48.22. Mo Forza was once content material to sit down again in 3rd early on in opposition to the rail, biding his time down the backstretch.
Lopez guided Mo Forza to the out of doors to make his problem within the some distance flip, and drew even with Neptune’s Hurricane on the most sensible of the lane. Mo Forza grabbed a slight benefit however needed to combat for each and every inch as Neptune’s Hurricane refused to surrender; on the cord, Mo Forza was once three-quarters of a period forward of his rival. Same old Deviation got here flying from the rear of the sector to complete 3rd, overwhelmed somewhat over a period for the whole thing, and his stablemate Virtual Age checked in fourth.
Bred in Kentucky via co-owner Bardy Farm, Mo Forza is out of the Extraordinary Warmth mare Infected. It took the colt six begins to wreck his maiden however he hasn’t misplaced since, including wins within the G2 Twilight Derby and G1 Hollywood Derby to his resume. General, his document stands at 3-3-1 from seven begins with income of over $350,000.
“In point of fact great horse and a really perfect journey,” mentioned Miller of Mo Forza. “He were given banged lovely excellent popping out of the gate however he got here again sturdy. I feel it is simply adulthood (for development in remaining two begins). I might like to mention it was once some genius instructor transfer, however I might be mendacity. I have all the time been top in this horse. He is all the time proven a large number of skill nevertheless it has taken time for him to place all of it in combination, however we knew he had it in him.”
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