Miller Prepares C Z Rocket, Mo Forza For BC Starts At Del Mar

The best place to try and find Peter Miller at a race track is the Winner’s Circle.

Always a threat to win a training title anywhere he competes on a full-time basis, Miller, who celebrated his 55th birthday on Oct. 2, already ranks among the leaders at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., with five victories after five days.

Miller’s aspirations to become a jockey were dashed when Mother Nature failed to cooperate, so he worked as a groom when in high school before serving an apprenticeship with legendary trainer Charlie Whittingham and later Mike Mitchell and Don Warren.

Miller presently is focused on the upcoming Breeders’ Cup World Championships Nov. 5 and 6 at Del Mar, hard by his home in Encinitas, less than six miles from the seaside track as the crow flies. Two of his primary candidates are Mo Forza for the Mile and C Z Rocket for the Sprint or the Dirt Mile.

“Mo Forza came out great from his win in the City of Hope Mile (Oct. 2 at Santa Anita) and we’re looking forward to and excited about the Breeders’ Cup,” Miller said.

Mo Forza, a full horse at age five and a son of Uncle Mo, gained millionaire status with his City of Hope victory and has eight victories from 14 career starts.

“He’s tactical, but if they go real fast, he can sit back. He’s quite a horse,” Miller said.

“We’re considering the Sprint as well as the Dirt Mile for C Z Rocket,” Miller added of the durable seven-year-old gelded son of City Zip, who has won 12 of 29 starts and earned $1.5 million.

C Z Rocket’s forte is stalking rather than being on the lead, a concern for Miller.

“The track profile at Del Mar is for speed,” Miller cautioned, “and it may play against him in the Sprint, so we’re considering the Dirt Mile.”

As to Santa Anita, “so far, so good,” Miller said. “Hopefully, we can keep it going.”

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