HEADSTRONG MO FORZA TAKES GRADE II, $200,000 QATAR TWILIGHT DERBY BY 1 ¾ LENGTHS UNDER ROSARIO; TRAINED BY MILLER, HE GETS 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF IN 1:46.18 ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 2, 2019)–Rank early but composed thereafter, trainer Peter Miller’s longshot Mo Forza went from maiden winner on Sept. 29 to a Grade II stakes winner on Saturday, as he took Santa Anita’s $200,000 Twilight Derby under Joel Rosario by 1 ¾ lengths. On a picture perfect late morning in Arcadia, the 3-year-old colt by Uncle Mo got a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:46.18.Breaking from the far outside in a field of 11 sophomores, Mo Forza was rank as he came up to challenge pacesetter Kingly in the run to the Club House turn, but Rosario got him to settle into a tracking second position in the run up the backside and he overtook Kingly a furlong out to draw off in impressive fashion.“I just told Joel to get a position,” said Miller. “There were 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.”One mile maiden turf winner in his sixth start here on Sept. 29, Mo Forza, a bay colt by Uncle Mo out of the Unusual Heat mare Inflamed, was off at 18-1 and paid $39.60, $17.60 and $8.00.Bred in Kentucky by (retired trainer) Barry and Diane Abrams’ Bardy Farm, Mo Forza picked up $120,000 for the win, hiking his earnings to $199,460.“He was a little rank leaving the gate, but I had him in-hand,” said Rosario, who was aboard for the first time today. “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 Barry Abrams. When I came down from Northern California, it was Barry who gave me my first opportunity and I won for him.”Irish-bred Succeedandsurpass was extra game late, outrunning Neptune’s Storm by a neck. Ridden by John Velazquez, Succeeedandsurpass was off at 7-1 and paid $8.20 and $4.60.Neptune’s Storm, who sat third the entire trip, was off as the 3-1 favorite with Ricardo Santana, Jr. and paid $3.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.54, 47.32, 1:11.16 and 1:34.84.
Top 10 Cities For First-Time Buyers According to a report entitled, “The Top 10 U.S. Cities to Buy Your Starter Home—or Your Forever Home.” by Realtor.com, America’s largest-ever generations, millennials and baby boomers, are entering their prime home-buying years at the same time. Choosing a U.S. city can be daunting with the number of hot metros on the map. The report indicated that while most millennials are prowling the market for affordable starter homes that will enable them to move out of their parents’ basement or finally trade in their apartment keys for deeds, older Americans are often seeking “forever homes” with amenities and flexible, universal designs that will enable them to seamlessly transition into their twilight years. There’s a reason why the ranks of both forever homes and starter homes have recorded an upward spike, according to Realtor.com. It noted that millennials have waited longer than previous generations to settle down and buy homes, not always by choice—student debt and high home prices delayed pulling the trigger. Recent data suggests that millennials of today are settling into their first homes, making them the nation’s largest group of buyers—the biggest chunk of them are just now hitting their 30s.To find the top places for buying a starter home by the report factored in the percentage of home buyers aged 35 and younger and the percentage of typically more affordable homes under 2,000 square feet. It also looked into median down payment, median mortgage borrower’s FICO score as well as the percentage of income of those aged 35 and younger, going toward median monthly housing costs. For buying a forever home, the percentage of residents aged 60 and older, median list price, the number of homes adapted for seniors, and the number of folks aged 55 and older moving in were the key factors taken into account.Lake Charles, Louisiana topped the list of best cities to buy starter homes, followed by Provo, Utah; Appleton, Wisconsin; Bloomington, Illinois; and Amarillo, Texas. Read the full report here: February 19, 2019 893 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Share First-Time Homebuyers Millennials Starter Homes The Top 10 U.S. Cities 2019-02-19 Donna Joseph