07/26/2006 11:00PM

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Lawyers for jockey Kieren Fallon, banned from race-riding in Great Britain by the nation's Horseracing Regulatory Authority, argued in a London court Thursday that Fallon's career would be effectively ended if the ban were not lifted, according to a Reuters report. The racing authority has suspended Fallon, 41, pending the results of a criminal trial, involving a race-fixing scheme, that is not expected to end until late 2007. . . . The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation will host a two-day workshop about Thoroughbred racehorses' safety and welfare issues at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Ky., on Oct. 16 and 17. The meeting will cover such topics as track surfaces, safety equipment, breeding and training practices, and medication, among others.