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Zagora Primed for Flower Bowl Invitational

Zagora, with jockey Ramon Dominguez up, wins the Ballston Spa Stakes at Saratoga Race Course on Travers Stakes Day in Saratoga Springs, New York on August 25, 2012.

Trainer Chad Brown has the European-bred duo of Dream Peace and Zagora primed for the Grade 1, $600,000 Flower Bowl Invitational, a 1 ¼-mile race on the inner turf course for fillies and mares.


Previously trained by Robert Collet, Etreham Farm’s Dream Peace won the 2011 Group 2 Prix de la Nonette at Deauville in France and has remained in the United States since finishing second in the Grade 1 Diana on July 28 at Saratoga Race Course. The Flower Bowl will be her first start for Brown.


Zagora, owned by Martin Schwartz, seeks her first Grade 1 win since taking the 2011 Diana. She is 4-0-1 in six starts this year, including a 1 ½-length victory on August 25 in Saratoga’s Grade 2 Ballston Spa presented by Jose Cuervo in course-record time.


I’m a Dreamer landed the biggest win of her career in her most recent start when she held on to take the Grade 1 Beverly D. by a head on August 18 at Arlington Park. Primarily campaigned in Great Britain, the Andrew Stone color-bearer will make another trip across the Atlantic to compete in the Flower Bowl.


Nahrain, heroine of the 2011 Group 1 Prix de l’Opera at Longchamp, will make her first start in the United States since she was second in last year’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Churchill Downs. The Darley homebred seeks her first win of 2012.


Probables also include Hit It Rich and Bizzy Caroline, first and second in the Grade 3 Glens Falls on September 3 at Saratoga, and New York-bred star Hessonite. City to City, Kissable, and Mystical Star are possible.


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