Mo Forza has been withdrawn from consideration for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile due to a 'minor setback,' according to trainer Peter Miller. The news of Mo Forza comes after a recent graveside funeral for breeder and co-owner Barry Abrams, who succumbed to throat cancer earlier this month after a 15-year battle.
Mo Forza figured to be among the top betting choices for the Nov. 7 Mile at Keeneland. After a disappointing run in January's Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1), Mo Forza was given a nearly seven-month break before returning at Del Mar this summer. In his first start back, the 4-year-old Uncle Mo colt rolled to a 4 1/2-length win in the the Del Mar Mile Handicap (G2). He then came back to win the Oct. 3 City of Hope Mile (G2) at Santa Anita Park by an expanding 1 3/4 lengths.
Mo Forza shows no recorded workouts since the City of Hope. Miller did not offer any details of the "minor setback," other than to call it "bad timing." The defection of Mo Forza from the Breeders' Cup Mile was first reported by Daily Racing Form.
Owned by Abrams' Bardy Farm and OG Boss, Grade 1 winner Mo Forza has a record of 12: 6-3-1 with earnings of $734,460.