MARIO GUTIERREZ, MOPOTISM, WINNER: “The thing about Mopotism is that she has a lot of heart. We had a better trip this time and I was able to move her even though I had to move her a little earlier than I wanted. She’s fit so she got us to the wire and we got the bob.
“I think she’s a little unlucky. To win these types of races you need a bit of luck sometimes and I think she’s been unlucky at times.”
J. PAUL REDDAM, MOPOTISM, WINNER: “You know, I watched it live and at first I thought she got there but then I saw the replay and thought, ‘oh no! She got bobbed.’ I think she was lugging in a little too there so I think it was harder to push by. It was nice to end up on the right side of the photo but I also felt bad for the mare we beat, Mended. She’s a great story. She raced her guts out.
“We got class relief today from who we’ve been running against. Mopostism should have won the Grade II here last spring but she got beat a head (Grade II Summertime Oaks, June 2017.) Then, we went to Indiana to get the graded stakes win but she got locked in and we thought the pace was going to be fast but was crawling…it’s just one of those things. She’s inching forward now. I think that being an Uncle Mo, it’s one thing to say you’re graded stakes placed but I think you’re still better off being able to say you’re a Grade II winner.
“That was a good win for us all the way around.”
LEANDRO MORA, ASSISTANT TRAINER TO DOUG O’NEILL, MOPOTISIM, WINNER: “This is a good filly. She’s always been a good filly and we know she can run with any Grade I horses. She needs to learn how to win and today should be big step in the right direction. She is more than capable of doing this.”
JOHN MARTIN, TRAINER, MENDED, SECOND: “Tough beat. She tried hard, she dug in.”
PADDY GALLAGHER, TRAINER, LA FORCE, THIRD: “She nearly knocked it down. I’m glad we had her nominated. We’re super pleased. We took a big shot and we’d have liked to have won it, but to be placed in these kinds of races is a good thing.”
NOTES: Winning owners Paul and Zillah Reddam reside in Irvine, CA.
XBTV’s Zoe Cadman presents the trophy to winning owners Zillah and J. Paul Reddam
Zoe Metz Photography