Mo Forza, Grade 1 winning son of the sensational Uncle Mo, retires to stud at Rancho San Miguel.

Taylor Made, Rancho San Miguel and Pecoraro to Stand Uncle Mo’s Grade 1-Winning Millionaire Mo Forza in California

San Miguel, CaliforniaMo Forza, a Grade 1 winner and $1 million-plus earner by the very popular sire of sires Uncle Mo, has been retired from racing and will commence his stallion career in 2022 at Rancho San Miguel in California as the property of Taylor Made Stallions and Onofrio Pecoraro. The 5-year-old horse will make history on two important fronts: as Kentucky-based industry leader Taylor Made Farm’s first foray into California’s breeding industry and as the first son of Uncle Mo—North America’s 2010 Champion 2-Year-Old Colt and the sire of the Grade 1-siring stallions Nyquist and Laoban—to stand on the West Coast.

Mo Forza’s introductory fee is $9,000, live foal stand and nurse guarantee. A syndication is being formed, with a limited number of shares available.

Campaigned by Bardy Farm and Pecoraro’s San Diego-based OG Boss stable, Mo Forza won eight of 15 starts and earned $1,034,460 as one of North America’s top turf milers over the past three seasons. His seven graded stakes victories include the 2019 Hollywood Derby (G1) and the 2020-2021 editions of the Del Mar Mile (G2) at Del Mar, as well as four Grade 2 races at Santa Anita Park: the 2020-2021 City of Hope Mile Stakes, 2019 Qatar Twilight Derby and 2019 Mathis Brothers Mile Stakes.

He is the first foal out of the Unusual Heat mare Inflamed, a full sister to Grade 2 winner and 2011 California Champion 3-Year-Old Male Burns and to Grade 1-placed multiple winner Brushburn.

“Mo Forza was born and raised at Taylor Made, and we have loved him from the very beginning” said Taylor Made Stallions Vice President Ben Taylor. “He is a big, strong, good-looking horse who ran four triple-digit Beyers and showed tremendous heart in winning seven graded races on the grass. As brilliantly as he trained on dirt, we have no doubt that he would have accomplished just as much on that surface if he had been given the opportunity.”

“We are looking forward to participating in the lucrative California-bred program with this outstanding stallion prospect,” Taylor added. “We believe Mo Forza is the right horse at the right time for us to launch our entry into the California breeding industry.”

Pecoraro will remain as a co-owner in Mo Forza and will support him with several high-quality mares.

“We have been looking for a son of Uncle Mo to offer to California breeders, and Mo Forza was number one on our list,” said Rancho San Miguel Owner / Manager Tom Clark. “In addition to winning seven graded races here in California, he is out of a daughter of our state’s all-time leading sire, Unusual Heat. He is also a direct male descendant of another multiple leading California sire, In Excess (Ire), through his Grade 1-winning, California-bred grandsire, the great Indian Charlie. He is a perfect fit here.”

“Mo Forza’s name translates roughly from Italian to ‘More Strength,’ and that is precisely what I believe he offers to California’s breeding and racing program,” Clark said. “We are thrilled to partner with Taylor Made and Mr. Pecoraro on this exciting new venture.”

For information about seasons and shares, contact Clark at (914) 557-3563 or surrey600@yahoo.com.

Sir Prancealot leads ALL West Coast stallions in Number of Mares Bred in 2021

Sir Prancealot (IRE)

Rancho San Miguel’s Sir Prancealot led all West Coast stallions, as well as 2nd outside of Kentucky in North America, by number of mares bred in 2021 with 125. He was bred to 105 mares in his first season at stud in 2020. The complete list of stallions bred in North America this year can be found HERE.

Danzing Candy Exacta at Del Mar Provides Sire With 3rd Winner

Gold Rush Candy, a 115k yearling by Rancho San Miguel stallion Danzing Candy, rebounds from a rough trip in his first start, to beat Moose Mitchell (another Danzing Candy 2yo) in a pro-longed battle (see photo above) in a Maiden Special Weight at Del Mar recently to give his Freshman sire his 3rd winner. Gold Rush Candy was bred by Dan and Valencia Leach, is owned by Dianne Bashor and trained by Bob Baffert.  Watch race HERE.

 

Cobra Jet brilliantly becomes Curlin to Mischief’s second Stakes Winner.

Cobra Jet improves off his ultra impressive debut by crushing the field by 13 1/2 lengths in the $50,000 King County Express Stakes today at Emerald Downs to become Curlin to Mischief‘s second stakes winner. First one was last year’s California-bred Two-Year-Old Champion Good With People. This gelding was bred by Mr. and Mrs. William T. Griffin in Washington. Watch race HERE.

Sir Prancealot Sires First Winner in Australia.

Rancho San Miguel shuttle stallion Sir Prancealot has his first 2yo winner in his first Australian crop when Belle Of Yorkes rattled down the Murray Bridge straight to score a breakthrough win on July 3rd.

Read more HERE.

Freshman Sire Danzing Candy has first winner!

Freshman sire Danzing Candy gets his first winner when Love Candy gamely breaks maiden in debut today at Golden Gate Fields on May 28. Bred and owned by Stuart Tsujimoto and trained by Ed Moger, Jr.  (Watch race HERE).
Read more at TDN HERE.

What stallion is the lifetime leader by average earnings per starter in North America?

For the answer click HERE.

Hints:  He is also the leading sire for percentages of black type winners AND black type horses for lifetime races run in North America.

Good With People voted 2020 California-bred Champion Two-Year-Old Colt!

Good With People

Good With People, a son of Rancho San Miguel stallion Curlin to Mischief, was voted 2020 California-bred Champion Two-Year-Old Colt recently.

Good With People made his debut at the 2020 Del Mar summer meet easily beating subsequent stakes winner Big Fish in a Maiden Special Weight.  In his next start approximately 3 weeks later, he made all of the pace only to be passed late by Positivity in the $100,000 Graduation Stakes.  In his third and final start during the summer meet, he led all the way to win the $100,000 I’m Smokin Stakes.

After running 4th in a $150,000 turf sprint at Keeneland in early October, he returned to win the $150,000 Golden State Juvenile at Del Mar in the process evening the score with the aforementioned Positivity.  In his final start of 2020, he engaged in a threey-way battle on the lead in the $100,000 King Glorious Stakes, took the lead at the quarter pole only to tire slightly and finished 5th beaten only 1.25 lengths by the winner.

He finished 2020 as the leading money earning two-year-old California-bred with earnings of $203,000 including 3 wins, 2 stakes wins and 1 stakes placing in 6 starts while racing for his breeders J. Kirk and Judy Robison and trainer Peter Miller.

Curlin to Mischief  is a son of top sire Curlin ($10,501,800, 2 time Horse of the Year and Hall of Famer) out of national broodmare of the year Leslie’s Lady, who has produced Grade 1 winners Beholder ($6,156,000 and future Hall of Famer), Into Mischief ($597,080 and National leading sire in both 2020 and 2019), Mendelssohn ($2,542,137 and standing at Ashford Stud in Kentucky whose well-regarded first crop are 2021 yearlings) as well as the highest yearling filly ever sold ($8,200,000 in 2019) .  Curlin to Mischief stands at Rancho San Miguel in San Miguel, California.

Multiple Graded Stakes Winner Surf Cat Relocates To Rancho San Miguel

Veteran stallion Surf Cat, a multiple Grade 2-winning millionaire and the sire of 2017 California Horse of the Year Sircat Sally, will stand at Rancho San Miguel in San Miguel, California during the 2021 breeding season. His fee is $2,500, live foal guarantee.

The 19-year-old son of Storm Cat’s multiple graded stakes winner Sir Cat has stood exclusively in California since his retirement from racing in 2009 — originally at historic Old English Rancho and most recently at a small, private farm near Chowchilla.

From nine crops of racing age, Surf Cat has sired 57 winners from 84 starters to date, with lifetime progeny earnings of $4,046,140 and average earnings per starter of $48,168. His five black-type runners are led by Sircat Sally, a $552,860-earner who won three graded turf stakes at Santa Anita Park and California-bred Horse of the Year honors from the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association in 2017. He is also represented by the dual Grade 3 winner San Onofre ($402,730).

Conditioned by the late trainer Bruce Headley, Surf Cat won six Grade 2 races from 6 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/8 miles from 2005 through 2008: the Swaps Breeders’ Cup Stakes and two editions of the Mervyn LeRoy Handicap at Hollywood Park and the Potrero Grande Breeders’ Cup Handicap and two runnings of the San Carlos Handicap at Santa Anita. He also ran second by a head in Hollywood’s 2007 Triple Bend Invitational Handicap (G1) en route to earning $1,045,420 from his 23 career starts.

“I am thrilled to have Surf Cat back; he was one of my favorite racehorses,” said owner Marsha Naify, who campaigned Surf Cat with Headley’s wife, Aase. “Bruce did such a wonderful job training him. He has never been promoted very heavily as a stallion, but he has had some good runners, and I want to make the most of his remaining breeding years.”

Produced by the five-time winner Trust Greta, a multiple graded stakes-producing daughter of the Mr. Prospector stallion Centrust, Surf Cat hails from the family of leading sire Broad Brush.

“We are thrilled to have Surf Cat come to Rancho San Miguel,” said farm owner / manager Tom Clark. “He has an amazingly strong produce record from his small crops to date. We look forward to working with Marsha to help Surf Cat reach his full potential as a sire.”

Surf Cat joins a 2021 Rancho San Miguel stallion roster that features Curlin to Mischief, Danzing Candy, Heartwood, Northern Causeway, Richard’s Kid, Sir Prancealot (Ire), Slew’s Tiznow and Tom’s Tribute. Inspections of all stallions at the Central California farm are available by appointment.

 

Rancho San Miguel Announces 2021 Fees.

SAN MIGUEL, California – Rancho San Miguel has set 2021 stud fees for its roster of seven stallions, led by the globetrotting Sir Prancealot (IRE) whose fee will remain a California-leading $15,000 for his second season at stud in California.

Sir Prancealot, who sired progeny which won stakes in at least 6 countries in 2020, will return from Cornerstone Stud in Australia after breeding 105 mares in California in 2020.  His offspring have shown a propensity for high quality racing in North America with 17% Graded Stakes winners and 53% Stakes Horses earning an average earning per starters of over $210,000 from his only 17 starters.  They performed very well in the Breeders Cup last weekend when Miss Amulet ran a good third in the BC Juvenile Turf S-G1 in her U.S. debut and Lady Prancealot ran a very close 4th in the BC Filly & Mares Turf-G1.  They have also starred in the sales ring at Keeneland this week when the all 3 race mares by Sir Prancealot offered sold for an average over $766,000 led by Grade I winner Lady Prancealot, who sold for $1,600,000.

Danzing Candy, a brilliantly fast multiple Grade 2 winning son of Twirling Candy who bred 331 mares in his first 3 crop and whose first crop will be two-year-olds next year, will have his fee remain at $5,000.  His yearlings have been well received in California, Washington and Florida sales, topped by a $115,000 colt at the 2020 OBS October Yearling Sale.

Curlin to Mischief, perhaps the best bred stallion in California being a ½ brother to Into Mischief, Beholder and Mendelssohn, will have his fee remain at $3,500. His two-year-old son, Good With People, is a multiple stakes winner of $199,000 and is the current favorite to win California-bred Champion Two-Year-Old colt in 2020.  In the sales ring, another colt was sold for $85,000, which was among the highest prices at the recent 2020 Fasig-Tipton California Fall Yearling Sale.  His fee will remain at $3,500.

Slew’s Tiznow, a record setting, Grade 1 performing dual stakes winner, who has produced 74% winners from starters while earning over $4.1 million, including 6 stakes winners.  His fee remains at $3,000.

Richard’s Kid, a two time winner of the Pacific Classic-G1 and earner of over $2.4 million, who has produced 27 winners already, of which 7 have already earned more than $100,000, including stakes placed Sedamar and Sapphire Kid.  His fee remains at $2,500.

Northern Causeway, a beautiful Graded stakes winning son of top sire Giant’s Causeway from the family of top sires City Zip and Ghostzapper, is the sire of 19 winners to date.  His 2020 fee will be $2,000.

Tom’s Tribute is a son of Lion Heart who was a Grade 1 winner of $634,889 and a leading miler in California.  His first foals are three-year-olds of 2020.  His fee will remain at $2,000.