The $100,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr. III) headlines an eight-race live program as racing returns Nov. 4 to Aqueduct Racetrack. The track will also simulcast the first day of the 2011 Breeders Cup.
The Turnback the Alarm, for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles, was originally scheduled for Oct. 29 at Belmont Park but was scrapped due to a lack of entries.
Tiz Miz Sue, most recently third to Ask the Moon in the Personal Ensign (gr. I) at Saratoga, returns to action as the 6-5 morning-line favorite. The Turnback the Alarm will be run as the fourth race on the card at 2:44 p.m. EDT. The Aqueduct schedule begins with a special first-race post time of 1:15 p.m.
Tiz Miz Sue, a 4-year-old daughter of Tiznow , will be bidding for her first graded stakes victory, as will the other four entrants in the field.
“She’s won stakes, but not a graded stakes, so we’ve been pointing to this since Saratoga,” said trainer Steve Hobby.
Prior to the Personal Ensign, Tiz Miz Sue had finished third in the Ruffian (gr. I) at Saratoga and second to Havre de Grace in the Obeah Stakes (gr. III) at Delaware Park. “She ran three really hard races in a row, and I don’t like to have them run that hard and not win. She’s had some time off since the Personal Ensign, and she’s doing just super.”
Jockey Rosie Napravnik, who finished third in the 2009-10 inner track season at the Big A, will make her first appearance at Aqueduct since April 2010 aboard Tiz Miz Sue, who drew the rail. Napravnik, who is scheduled to ride in all eight live races on opening day, returned to action two weeks ago after missing three months with a broken wrist.
“She ran really well for Rosie the one time,” said Hobby, noting their win in the Polly’s Jet stakes a year ago at Delaware Park. “It’s certainly not going to hurt.”
Second choice at 7-5 on the morning line is the Bill Mott-trained Arena Elvira, who has been no worse than third in 10 lifetime starts. The 4-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper comes off back-to-back victories at the Spa for her Hall of Fame trainer, taking the Madame Jumel and the Sightseek overnight stakes.
Junior Alvarado rides Arena Elvira, who drew post position 3.
Go Unbridled enters the Turnback the Alarm following a 1 ½-length victory in the off-the-turf John Hettinger at Belmont Park Sept. 25, earning Hall of Fame conditioner Allen Jerkens his first stakes win of the year. The 4-year-old New York-bred daughter of Unbridled Jet has been a consistent performer this year, compiling a record of 3-1-4 from eight starts in 2011.
Completing the field are Banker's Buy, fourth in last year’s Turnback the Alarm, and Check Point, a 13 ¼-length winner of an off-the-turf starter handicap at Belmont Park Oct. 20.
$100,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr. III, Race 4, 2:44 p.m.), Fillies & Mares 3 & Up, 1 1/8 Miles
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer, ML Odds
1. Tiz Miz Sue (KY), R Napravnik, 119, S Hobby, 6/5
2. Banker's Buy (NY), M Mena, 114, N P Zito, 10/1
3. Arena Elvira (KY), J Alvarado, 118, W I Mott, 7/5
4. Go Unbridled (NY), J L Espinoza, 114, H A Jerkens, 8/1
5. Check Point (KY), J Bravo, 115, A E Goldberg, 5/1