Mopotism Takes Three-Way Photo In La Canada

In a thrilling three-horse photo finish, Reddam Racing’s Mopotism prevailed by head to take Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Mario Gutierrez and trained by Doug O’Neill, the 4-year-old daughter of Uncle Mo got a flat mile in 1:37.29.

Graded stakes placed on four occasions, Mopotism, who was most recently third in the Grade I, seven furlong La Brea Stakes here on Dec. 26, notched her first graded stakes win as she stretched out a furlong today.

Attentive to the pace throughout, Mopostism was a stalking second to Northern California invader Mended heading into the far turn and was all-out while a length behind her with a furlong to run, but gradually wore her down as longshot La Force forged up the rail late to make it a three-way thriller.

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