Desire to Excel, Mike Smith up, wins the Astoria Stakes, Sunday at Belmont Park.

Desire to Excel, Mike Smith up, wins the Astoria Stakes, Sunday at Belmont Park.

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Desire to Excel Romps in Astoria at 24-1

Desire to Excel, making her first start since breaking her maiden at first asking back in April, blew away her six rival 2-year-old fillies Sunday to win the $109,500 Astoria by five lengths.

Dennis Narlinger's Mt. Livermore filly, trained by Kelly Breen and ridden by jockey Mike Smith, covered the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:04.30. Dismissed at 24-1, she returned $50.50, $12.60, and $5.10.

Never far out of it, Desire to Excel sat just off She's Roughin It, who set a pace of :22.46; and :45.73, then simply outran them all when Smith asked her for run.

It was her second career start. On April 19 at Aqueduct, she got a neck ahead of Run Miss Eltishrun. Run Miss Eltishrun ran fifth in the Astoria, beating only Shelby's Memory and Cool the Economy.

Octave ($2.70, $2.20), set off as the 4-5 post time favorite, was second, with She's Roughin It ($2.90) third and One Tough Belle fourth.

(Chart, Equibase)