08/22/2006 12:00AM

Fallon applies for Kentucky license


Banned British jockey Kieren Fallon, seeking to ride at the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs, has applied for a license to ride in Kentucky, but the state's regulatory body will not rule on the application until late next month.

Jim Gallagher, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, said Tuesday that Fallon's attorneys requested that no action be taken until the KHRA's next scheduled meeting on Sept. 25. Until then, the KHRA will attempt to determine whether the rules of reciprocity that generally apply from state-to-state also apply to jurisdictions outside the United States.

Fallon, along with about 10 other people, was indefinitely suspended from riding by the Horseracing Regulatory Authority in England after being charged July 3 with attempting to defraud the major British online betting service Betfair. His appeal of the suspension was turned down July 28 by the High Court of Britain.

"We'll probably try to get some information from the British racing authorities, but because there's an ongoing criminal prosecution, I don't know whether or not we'll be able to do that," said Gallagher.

Since his suspension, Fallon has ridden in Ireland, France, and Turkey. "We're just trying to get our arms around what the British authorities have said to other jurisdictions about his eligibility," said Gallagher.

Gallagher said Fallon's attorneys already have met with a licensing review committee of the KHRA, and they initially had requested to speak before the entire KHRA at a Monday meeting in Lexington, Ky. But the attorneys postponed that meeting, asking that "we hold it in abeyance" until they can appear Sept. 25, said Gallagher.

Since being suspended in his homeland, Fallon already has been denied one chance to ride in a major race in the United States, having been rebuffed by the Illinois Racing Board and a Chicago circuit court judge in his bid to ride in the Aug. 12 Arlington Million.

Fallon, 41, has ridden in the Breeders' Cup in seven different years. From 15 mounts, he has two wins, both in the Filly and Mare Turf: in 2003 on Islington and in 2004 aboard Ouija Board. The Irish-born Fallon is a six-time riding champion in England.

Fallon rode for about six weeks at the Gulfstream Park meet in early 2005, winning with 6 of 60 mounts. That stint was his only one of a notable duration at an American race meet, although he has made numerous trips to this continent to ride in major events.

The Fallon issue will be one of the last that Gallagher will address in his tenure with the KHRA. He has resigned his position, effective Oct. 1, to return to New York for personal reasons.