Desire to Excel Romps in Astoria at 24-1

Desire to Excel Romps in Astoria at 24-1
Photo: NYRA/Adam Coglianese
Desire to Excel, Mike Smith up, wins the Astoria Stakes, Sunday at Belmont Park.
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)

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