JOEL ROSARIO, MO FORZA, WINNER: “He was a little rank leaving the gate, but I had him in hand. He was pulling, but not that bad. He relaxed really well on the first turn and settled into racing. This was a special win for me, since it was for Barry Abrams. When I came down from Northern California, it was Barry who gave me my first opportunity and I won for him.”
JOHN VELAZQUEZ, SUCCEEDANDSURPASS, SECOND: “He ran really good. I was in a tough position. He was very keen going into that first turn, and then at about the half-mile pole he switched (leads) a little awkwardly, got off the bridle a little and I had to put him back in and he was good. But the winner ran a great race – you can’t take that away from him.”
PETER MILLER, MO FORZA, WINNER: “I just told Joel (Rosario) to get a position. There was one or two speeds, just sit behind the speed. The pace was a little slower than I thought, but he was loaded the whole way. The horse was throwing his head but then Joel got him to settle.”
ONOFRIO PECORARO, MO FORZA, WINNER: “Unbelievable. I’m so grateful for Barry Abrams allowing me to be his partner in this horse.
“It’s a blessing. This horse is special, and thanks be to God.
(On how long he’s been in the game) “Eleven years. I’ve owned 17 horses in my career, and this is a special one. My buddy Tommy (Corona) here named the horse. Power Forza! Italian power!”
NOTES: The winning owners is Bardy Farm or OG Boss.