06/20/2010 3:55PM

CALDER: The late rider change pays off

EmailThe late switch on Decaf Again from triple bug Shamir Maragh to hot apprentice Angel Moreno paid off for those who waited to play the ninth race solo or in daily doubles as the late running gelding rallied from last to win the low level optional claiming and allowance race. Of course those who'd played this race in pick-3's and pick-4's did so assuming Maragh was aboard and they got the shaft now knowing of the key rider change until after those pools had closed. There seemed no clear cut reason, other than Maragh not being able to do the weight, for a rider change to have been necessary and if that was the case it should have been made early enough to give bettors a fair shake in the earlier gimmicks.