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Bourne in Nixa Splashes Home to Upset Victory in $125,000 Gazebo Stakes

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Hot Springs, AR – Robert and Lawana Low’s Bourne in Nixa pulled off a major upset in the $125,000 Gazebo Stakes as he passed tiring pacesetters Mitole and Direct Dial to win the race impressively under jockey Ramon Vazquez.

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Bourne in Nixa sat well off the contested pace early on while heavy favorite Mitole, who stumbled at the start, and his stablemate Direct Dial dueled through early factions for :22.06 and :46.22 for the first half mile. The Asmussen duo began to tire on the lead, and Bourne in Nixa took advantage with a four wide move in the stretch. The 3 year old More Than Ready colt burst to the lead in mid stretch, and won going away by a length and three quarters.

“We ran him in the Delta race, I don’t know, he really didn’t like the two turns and it’s a funny track,” trainer Steve Margolis. “But, I’ve really been kind of looking to run him. At Fair Grounds, there’s nothing for him. We really liked how the horse was doing. I talked to Robert (Low) we said, ‘Let’s nominate him and see how this race comes up.’ We realized (Steve) Asmussen certainly had the horse to beat. I really like this colt. His numbers were a little lower than some of these other ones, but he trains good. I knew definitely he would handle the mud, so it worked out good. He got a speed duel and Ramon kind of swung him outside. He ran a big race.”

The win improved Bourne in Nixa to three wins from five starts, and he has now earned $132,930. The race was a nice bounce back effort after a disappointing start at Delta Downs.

Jockey Roman Vazquez kept it simple when describing the race, and how it unfolded:

“I knew there was a lot of speed in the race. I wanted to take my horse back and just make one run, and he finished.”

Bourne in Nixa paid $14.60 to win, $4.60 to place, and $2.40 to show. Mitole returned $2.20 to place, and $2.10 to show. Direct Dial paid $2.20 to show.

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