05/11/2007 11:00PM

Taletobetold repels all challenges


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The leading earner entering the $114,700 Open Mind Stakes at Churchill Downs on Saturday was Taletobetold, but apparently that mattered not to horseplayers. Dismissed at 27-1 in a field of 11 3-year-old fillies, Taletobetold proceeded to show that money talks when she led all the way in a one-length triumph.

"She looked like a very good filly for the spot," said Brian Hernandez Jr., who rode Taletobetold for owner-breeder Robert Dewitt and trainer Eddie Kenneally. "All I had to do was hang on and let her get me around there."

Taletobetold, fourth in an allowance over Keeneland's Polytrack in her previous start, returned $56.20 after finishing five furlongs in 57.26 seconds over a firm turf course. Simply Divine, an 11-1 shot, finished second, another 1 1/4 lengths before Miss A. Bomb, a 9-1 shot. Magical Ride, the lukewarm 5-2 favorite, finished fourth.

Taletobetold held a tenuous lead throughout while several challenges were mounted, most notably from Magical Ride, who loomed a major presence after turning for home but could not sustain her bid. The winner earned $66,850 to lift her career bankroll to $192,932. She now has won 3 of 12 starts.

Kenneally, the Irish-born trainer who is enjoying a banner year after having won the Dubai Golden Shaheen in late March with Kelly's Landing, was not present. He was in Canada to run Mary Delaney in the Hendrie Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday.

Rush Bay injured in comeback, retired

It Rush Bay appeared was going to win a $60,460 turf allowance Saturday but faltered in the final yards while Junior College rallied to win by a nose. After the race, Rush Bay was vanned off with a badly torn suspensory ligament.

"His life is not in imminent danger, but he definitely has been retired," said trainer Tom Amoss.

Rush Bay, who was making his first start since finishing fourth in the Breeders' Cup Turf last November, won 6 of 18 starts and $742,847.