Perhaps announcer Larry Collmus best put together up Mo Forza’s performance in Sunday’s $200,000 Grade II Del Mar Mile as the field raced toward the finish.
Jockey Flavien Prat saw an opening early in the stretch, shot through the rail, that’s when Collmus went to work.
“Mo Forza dives through an opening on the inside. It is Mo Forza. Mo Forza comes up the rail and he’s pulling away. Wow! He won it by six emphatic lengths.”
Mo Forza, the 6-5 favorite, officially won by 4 1/4 lengths, thanks in large part to an extraordinary ride by Prat, who won three races Sunday to pull within two, 36-34, of the meet’s leading rider, Umberto Rispoli, in the jockey standings.
Prat saved ground the whole way until the far turn, angled out just a bit entering the stretch and when a hole opened along the inside, the French native pounced on it.
“Just a textbook ride,” winning trainer Peter Miller said. “He saved all the ground, he didn’t panic and when the hole opened he shot through there and it was over. He’s just a great rider.”