09/25/2010 5:39PM

Calder: Late money on front runners a distressing trend

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Riversrunrylee obviously runs better when loose on the lead than when hooked or forced to race from off the pace. The former Suffolk Downs based gelding was 8-1 when the field left the starting gate for the Joey Blueeyes Stakes but quickly dropped all the way to 5-1 in the final flash after beating the gate and opening a clear lead immediately after the start. He went on to win the race and return $13.00.   This type of thing is not unique to Calder but has happened with more and more frequency of late. Granted most of the money that comes into the local pools comes from out of state and is bet at the last minute but it seems more often than not these big drops in price happens with horses who break in front. Whether they win or ultimately get beat doesn't matter, it's a disturbing nationwide trend that needs to be stopped.

     Kudos for trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. who even abstentia was the star of the show today along with leading jockey Luis Saez after the pair combined to win both the Judy's Red Shoes and Needles Stakes with Successful Song and El Kingdom. Plesa is currently in New Jersey where he has the majority of his stable bedded down and competing at Monmouth Park.