(Mo Forza / Photo Courtesy of Santa Anita)
From the Santa Anita Media Team:
JOEL ROSARIO, MO FORZA, WINNER: “It was not my decision (to be so wide) but I just have to be with the horse, I loved making the move on the turn the way he did, I was just hanging on to the bridle and he just loved that so we stayed with that. The trip was good. He was happy where he was. I thought he could get a little closer, but it looked like wasn’t having that today, so I left him where he was happy. I knew at some point he was going to get in his speed when it was there for me.”
“It’s unbelievable (to be back) and to get a win for Barry Abrams when I came here from Northern California he was the first one who gave me a winner here so it’s very special for me to give him another winner here.
PETER MILLER, MO FORZA, WINNER: “I thought we’d be sitting a couple lengths off the pace in third or fourth, and there we were in the back of the pack and five wide, and I’m going ‘Oh Geez, I don’t know about this.’ But the pace was hot, and Joel knows what he’s doing, so everything worked out.
“He’s like big kid that finally learns to use his feet and hands and it’s all over. 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. A great job by Joel for harnessing him because he is a lot of horse and great job to Barry who bred the horse to win the race for Barry it’s a thrill. I think the (Pegasus) is our first option, if everything is going well. With no Lasix the horse is never been a bleeder and so I don’t see any reason why the Pegasus wouldn’t be our next option.
“I’m just thrilled for these connections, and to win this race means a lot on Opening Day. We start the year right and end the year right. Just a tremendous horse, and I’m honored to have been chosen to train him.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Bardy Farm or OG Boss.