01/24/2009 12:00AM

All Smiles surprises at 19-1


All Smiles ($41.20), the longest shot in a field of seven fillies and mares, outfought odds-on favorite Fascinatin' Rhythm to win the $50,000 Nellie Morse Stakes at Laurel Park.

Winless in nine starts since taking the Maryland Racing Media in February 2008, All Smiles responded to a rider change to Dale Beckner and the return to a one-turn mile, a distance at which she is 4 for 7. She appeared as if she might have to settle for second to Fascinatin' Rhythm when she trailed by 4 1/2 lengths with a furlong remaining, but surged in deep stretch to get past the 2-5 favorite by a neck while completing the mile in 1:37.83.

The 6-year-old All Smiles had not finished closer than 5 1/4 lengths to the winner in her last six starts. Trainer Fran Campitelli said Beckner did a good job of preventing his mount from falling too far behind early.

"Her running style is to give up ground in the middle of the race, and that's why I told Dale, wherever you are early, just try to stay there," Campitelli said. "You can't give them four or five lengths down the backside and then make it up. He did a great job."

All Smiles kicked off the season's inaugural Magna 5 that paid $26,354.60 to holders of 13 $1 winning tickets.