10/24/2012 3:44PM

Belmont: Arena Elvira makes comeback seeking repeat in Turnback the Alarm

Barbara D. Livingston
Arena Elvira has not started since she failed as the favorite in Hawthorne’s Sixty Sails in April.

ELMONT, N.Y. – When Arena Elvira won last year’s Turnback the Alarm Handicap at Aqueduct, it was the third straight victory in what would ultimately become a five-race winning streak.

Saturday, when she seeks a repeat in the Grade 3, $150,000 Turnback the Alarm – this time at Belmont Park – Arena Elvira will hoping to start a new winning streak in what will be her first start in six months.

Arena Elvira tops a field of eight fillies and mares entered in the Turnback the Alarm, a 1 1/8-mile dirt race that shares billing with the Grade 3, $150,000 Bold Ruler, a seven-furlong dirt race, on Belmont’s 10-race card.

Arena Elvira, a 5-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper, has not started since she finished third, beaten 11 lengths, as the 6-5 favorite in the Grade 3 Sixty Sails Handicap at Hawthorne on April 21.

“Her last race was a little disappointing, maybe she wasn’t as good as she had been, and she seemed to struggle with the track a little bit,” trainer Bill Mott said.

Mott said Arena Elvira “wasn’t moving that well” in her training following the Sixty Sails and the decision was made to give her a break.

Arena Elvira resumed training in July and shows nine workouts at Belmont Park since Aug. 23.

“I would have run her a couple of weeks ago if we had a race,” Mott said.

Arena Elvira is the 120-pound highweight for the Turnback the Alarm. She will be ridden by Jose Lezcano from post 6.

Trainer Todd Pletcher has the uncoupled entry of R Gypsy Gold and Maristar in the field. R Gypsy Gold finished sixth in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign at Saratoga while Maristar comes off a fourth-place finish in the Grade 1 Beldame here on Sept. 29. Maristar will get blinkers for the first time.

Others entered include All Due Respect, Go Unbridled, Nefertini, and Catch a Thief.