05/10/2007 12:00AM

No standouts or easy toss-outs


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Big fields tend to yield big-priced favorites, although Carl Nafzger still is having a tough time figuring how Street Sense paid such a fat mutuel last week in the Kentucky Derby.

"Everybody I know bet on my horse," said Nafzger, "so how could he pay almost $12?"

Indeed, an $11.80 win mutuel looks like a great overlay in hindsight, even knowing the colt was the favorite over his 19 rivals. A similar scenario - that is, a post-time favorite approaching 5-1 - could very well play itself out in less grandiose form Saturday when 13 extremely well-matched fillies clash in the $100,000 Open Mind Stakes at Churchill Downs.

Not only is there no standout in the five-furlong turf race for 3-year-old fillies, but there seem very few throw-outs, so if all 13 stay, value should be spread across the tote board. Perhaps the favorite will be either of two fillies drawn to the far outside, Magical Ride or Classify, but neither has ever raced on turf, a fact that partially negates their otherwise solid form.

Magical Ride, drawn in post 12 with Rafael Bejarano, comes off an entry-level allowance triumph in a Polytrack sprint at Keeneland. The victory was her second in five career starts and served as a reminder of a highly promising career debut last summer at Belmont Park, where she earned a 92 Beyer Speed Figure, the highest any in the Open Mind field has ever recorded.

Classify, who will start from post 13 with Shaun Bridgmohan aboard, went 3 for 3 at Oaklawn Park, earning low-80 Beyers, before finishing fourth in her stakes debut, the Hallowed Dreams last month at Evangeline Downs.

As for the myriad alternatives to those two, there is Mount Glitter, who figures to be running on late with Calvin Borel; Sheets, never worse than third in all seven starts; Simply Devine, perhaps the logical front-runner; Miss A. Bomb, the lone stakes winner in the field; Floral Park, whose last race seems a toss; and Elitist, who set the pace before faltering in the Grade 1 Ashland Stakes.

* In the sixth race, a $61,000 classified allowance at a mile on turf, Rush Bay figures as a solid favorite when he makes his first start since finishing fourth in the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Turf. The 5-year-old Rush Bay has won 3 of 5 starts over the Churchill turf.