BELMONT PARK, ELMONT, N.Y. -- Darley Stable’s Flashing, making her Belmont Park debut after winning three of four career starts at Aqueduct, came back in the lane to collar 6-5 favorite Saarlight and win Saturday’s 14th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Nassau County for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs by a length and a quarter.

Flashing, a daughter of 1992 Belmont Stakes winner and Horse of the Year A.P. Indy, took the lead from the rail on the muddy/sealed track and was quickly engaged by Saarlight. They opened a huge lead over their three rivals, setting a pace of 22.14, 44.63 and 1:09.73.

Saarlight, who had won her last two starts after losing her debut race by a neck, pulled away to a clear lead in the lane. As the wire got closer, however, so did Flashing. Jockey Javier Castellano moved her to the middle of the track, and she rolled home to win in 1:23.59.

“I think she was a little intimidated being on the inside early on,” Castellano said “At the quarter-pole, when it looked like the other horse was trying to open up, I took my time and put her on the outside. When I did that, I think it was the key to the race -- to go outside and let her run free.”

Trainer Tom Albertrani has an ambitious plan for Flashing for this summer. If all goes well, he plans to run her back on Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 6, in the Grade 1, $300,000 Acorn for three-year-old fillies at a mile. That race will be a dandy, as Flashing will meet Rachel Alexandra, a jaw-dropping, 20 ¼-length winner of Friday’s Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs. Trainer Hal Wiggins said today that the Acorn was on Rachel Alexandra’s radar.

Albertrani welcomes the challenge.

“I was only concerned about the distance,” he said, as Flashing returned $6 to win. “She’ll be a much better filly going over a mile. This was a last-minute decision and we decided to take advantage of the short field.”

Albertrani said the Grade 1, $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks for three-year-old fillies at a mile and a quarter on Saturday, July 25, would be another option.

“We’ll see how she comes out of it and make those decisions later,” he said.

It was six and a quarter lengths back to Haley’s Lolipop, who necked stablemate Maryville for the show. Frolic’s Dream was last.

NASSAU COUNTY QUOTES

Winning trainer Tom Albertrani of Flashing (No. 1): “I was only concerned about the distance. She’ll be a much better filly going over a mile. This was a last-minute decision and we decided to take advantage of the short field. We’re thinking about the Acorn (Grade 1, $300,000, 3yo fillies, one mile, Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 6) and the Coaching Club American Oaks (Grade 1, $300,000, 3yo fillies, mile and a quarter, July 25), but we’ll see how she comes out of it and make those decisions later.”

Winning jockey Javier Castellano: “I think she was a little intimidated being on the inside early on. At the quarter-pole, when it looked like the other horse was trying to open up, I took my time and put her on the outside. When I did that, I think it was the key to the race, to go outside and let her run free.”