Mo Forza out of Breeders' Cup Mile due to 'minor setback'

Mo Forza out of Breeders' Cup Mile due to 'minor setback'
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Mo Forza has been withdrawn from consideration for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile due to a 'minor setback,' according to trainer Peter Miller.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.  

2020 Breeders' Cup Mile (G1)

*Rating is based on HRN fan votes, which rank the Top Active Horses in training.
RankSilksHorse / SireRatingTrainer / JockeyLast StartStatus
 Digital Age
Invincible Spirit
7.91
C. Brown
1st, 2020 Turf Classic (G1) 
Probable
 Starship Jubilee
Indy Wind
7.85
K. Attard
1st, 2020 Woodbine Mile (G1) 
Probable
 Ivar
Agnes Gold
7.77
P. Lobo
1st, 2020 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) 
Possible
 Uni
More Than Ready
7.62
C. Brown
1st, 2020 First Lady Stakes (G1) 
Probable
 Halladay
War Front
7.55
T. Pletcher
1st, 2020 Fourstardave Handicap (G1) 
Probable
 Beau Recall
Sir Prancealot
7.42
B. Cox
2nd, 2020 First Lady Stakes (G1) 
Probable
 One Master
Fastnet Rock
7.34
W. Haggas
3rd, 2020 British Champions Sprint Stakes (G1) 
Possible
 Sharp Samurai
First Samurai
7.30

2nd, 2020 City of Hope Mile (G2) 
Possible
 Raging Bull
Dark Angel
7.15
C. Brown
2nd, 2020 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) 
Probable
 Without Parole
Frankel
6.67
C. Brown
3rd, 2020 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) 
Probable
 Factor This
The Factor
6.39
B. Cox
1st, 2020 Dinner Party (G2) 
Possible
 Siskin
First Defence
6.12
G. Lyons
4th, 2020 Prix Du Moulin de Longchamp (G1) 
Possible
 Kameko
Kitten's Joy
6.06
A. Balding
1st, 2020 Joel Stakes (G2) 
Probable
 March to the Arch
Arch
6.05
M. Casse
2nd, 2020 Woodbine Mile (G1) 
Probable
 Casa Creed
Jimmy Creed
5.86
W. Mott
4th, 2020 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) 
Possible
 Circus Maximus
Galileo
5.59
A. O'Brien
10th, 2020 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (G1) 
Possible
 Lope Y Fernandez
Lope de Vega
5.12
A. O'Brien
7th, 2020 British Champions Sprint Stakes (G1) 
Probable
 Champers Elysees
Elzaam
J. Murtagh
4th, 2020 Sun Chariot Stakes (G1) 
Possible
 Safe Voyage
Fast Company
J. Quinn
3rd, 2020 Prix de la Foret (G1) 
Possible
 Speak Of The Devil
Wootton Bassett
F. Chappet
2nd, 2020 Prix Coronation (LS) 
Possible

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