By Joe Bianca
A consistent performer in graded stakes, Reddam Racing’s Mopotism (Uncle Mo) will look to break through as the clear favorite in an eight-horse GIII Indiana Oaks.
Third to eventual GI Kentucky Oaks and GI Acorn S. heroine Abel Tasman (Quality Road) at 33-1 in the GI Starlet S. last fall, the $300,000 Fasig-Tipton March buy was second to ‘TDN Rising Star’ Unique Bella (Tapit) in the GII Las Virgenes S. before scoring as the heavy chalk in the Island Fashion S. Feb. 26 at Sunland. After finishing off the board in the GI Santa Anita Oaks and Kentucky Oaks, the bay came tantalizingly close to her first graded success when second by a head in the GII Summertime Oaks last out June 17 at Santa Anita.
Completing the trifecta that day was Majestic Quality (Quality Road), who ran second in the GII Rachel Alexandra S. as a maiden over the winter. The Keith Desormeaux pupil is the second choice on the Indiana Grand morning line and appears the main danger.
G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Awestruck (Tapit) takes her first shot in a graded stake. A dominant maiden-breaker Apr. 22 at Keeneland, the $525,000 Keeneland September purchase was a disappointing fourth at odds-on in a Churchill allowance May 27, but shows an upbeat series of drills for this first two-turn test, including a bullet five-furlong spin in 1:01 1/5 (1/7) July 1 at Keeneland.