Posted: Tuesday January 1, 2013 6:03 PM

Nicole H, Arena Elvira win Big A stakes

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NEW YORK (AP) - Nicole H and Arena Elvira, a pair of odds-on favorites, kicked off the new year at Aqueduct with victories Tuesday in $75,000 stakes for fillies and mares.

Nicole H, the 1-5 choice, took the six-furlong Interborough for a third-straight year. Ramon Dominguez rode for trainer Mike Hushion as the 6-year-old improved to 5 for 5 over Aqueduct's winterized inner track. Nicole H beat Mildly Offensive by 1 1/4 lengths, paying $2.70 to win. The time was 1:11.01.

Arena Elvira, another 6-year-old, beat R Gypsy Gold by a neck at 3-5 in the four-horse Ladies Handicap. Junior Alvarado was aboard for trainer Bill Mott as she ran in the 1 1-8 miles in 1:51.53, paying $3.40 with her ninth victory in 17 starts.
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