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2012 Flower Bowl Result: Nahrain Squeezes Her Way To Victory

Nahrain splits foes inside the final furlong to win the Flower Bowl by a half-length over Zagora.

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It was a European free-for-all in the closing stages of the Flower Bowl as a four-horse battle for the finish line saw Nahrain (GB) and John Velazquez squeeze in-between rival horses to beat Zagora (FR) by a half-length at the wire. Dream Peace (IRE) and I'm A Dreamer (IRE) were in the mix with the top two inside the final quarter mile.

The stewards took a looks a the tape following the race due to some bumping between Nahrain and I'm A Dreamer at the top of the stretch. Ultimately, no changes were made and the final order of finish was confirmed as Nahrain, Zagora, Dream Peace and I'm A Dreamer - a top four of European-bred horses.

Nahrain sat in the middle of the pack through soft early fractions, angled out three or four wide when coming off the far turn, produced a good turn of foot inside the final furlong and split horses to get the victory.

With her win in the Flower Bowl, Nahrain has secured a spot in the starting gate for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.

Nahrain is a four-year-old filly by Selkirk out of a Generous (IRE) mare (Bahr (GB)), trained by Roger Varian and ridden by John Velazquez.

Below are the payouts, fractions and internal splits for the Flower Bowl.

WIN: 8-Nahrain (GB) ($12.00, $7.90, $4.30)
PLACE: 7-Zagora (FR) ($4.20, $3.10)
SHOW: 1-Dream Peace (IRE) ($2.80)

$1.00 EXACTA: (8/7) $31.50
$1.00 TRIFECTA: (8/7/1) $77.75
$0.50 SUPERFECTA: $17.85
$1.00 DAILY DOUBLE: (1/8) $22.30
$1.00 PICK 3: (3/7/8) $46.75, 3-of-3
$1.00 PICK 3: (3/1/8) $191.75, 3-of-3

1/4: 25.33
1/2: 51.73
3/4: 1:17.43
Mile: 1:41.69
Finish: 2:05.56

Internal Splits:
1/4: 25.33
1/2: 26.40
3/4: 25.70
Mile: 24.26
Finish: 23.87