12/28/2012 5:33PM

Aqueduct: Mott pair prep for upcoming stakes


Two of trainer Bill Mott’s New York-based horses worked Friday for upcoming stakes at Aqueduct.

Arena Elvira, pointing to Tuesday’s $75,000 Ladies Handicap, breezed four furlongs in 49.31 seconds over the Belmont training track. Star Harbour, possible for the Boom Towner Stakes on Jan. 9, went four furlongs in 49.87 seconds.

Arena Elvira, who won five consecutive stakes from Aug. 5, 2011 through March 17, 2012, will be making her third start off a layoff for trainer Bill Mott. She was twice beaten by Afleeting Lady in graded stakes at Belmont and Churchill.

“She’s had a couple of races under her now,” said Neil Poznansky, who is overseeing Mott’s New York string. “She’s been training lights out so I’m expecting a big effort.”

Star Harbour recorded back-to-back triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures in winning allowance races at Belmont and Aqueduct.