09/09/2002 11:00PM

Kazzia to run in Flower Bowl

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Kazzia, winner of the 1000 Guineas and the English Oaks, will skip Saturday's St. Leger Stakes in favor of the Flower Bowl Handicap at Belmont Park on Sept. 28.

A 3-year-old German-bred daughter of Zinaad, Kazzia had been expected to run in the St. Leger. Had she won, she would have been the first winner of the British fillies Triple Crown since Oh So Sharp in 1985. Kazzia developed a foot abscess over the weekend, however, forcing her owners, Godolphin Racing, to change plans.

Godolphin will keep Kazzia at Belmont after the Flower Bowl to prepare for the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf. Trained at 2 in Germany by Andreas Wohler, she was purchased by Godolphin after having won the Group 3 Premio Dormello in Milan last October. She won the Guineas and the Oaks in her first two starts at 3 but lost her undefeated record when she was fourth behind Islington in the Yorkshire Oaks on Aug. 21.