Updated on 09/17/2011 8:51PM

Fallon ends U.S. experiment

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Defer, shown winning the Laurel Futurity last year, worked well under Jerry Bailey on Sunday. He is pointing for the Fountain of Youth on March 5.

HALLANDALE BEACH, FLA. - Kieren Fallon's first full-time U.S. riding experience has ended.

Fallon, a six-time British jockey champion, rode here on a regular basis since the meet opened on Jan. 3 but decided to cut his stay short following the conclusion of Sunday's card. Fallon rode six winners from 60 mounts during his seven-week tenure. His most notable win came aboard Angela's Love in the Marshua's River Stakes for trainer Dale Romans.

"I just felt I needed to take a holiday before the season starts in England because it figures to be a hectic year over there," said Fallon, who switched agents from Ron Anderson to Terry Miller early in the meet. "I decided to come over here as an experiment to see how I'd do and have an opportunity to ride on a regular basis against top-flight American jockeys like Jerry Bailey, John Velazquez, and Edgar Prado.

"It was a great experience riding with these boys here, and it's really going to help me when I come back with some of the English horses on big days like the Breeders' Cup. Seeing their styles and watching their riding patterns should really make a big difference the next time I compete against them on the big stage."

Fallon also said he'd like to come back and ride here again next year.

"I usually spend the winter in Hong Kong, Japan, or Dubai, but everything about the way of life and the racing here was fantastic," said Fallon. "Unfortunately, my style didn't suit the horses I've been riding, and they haven't been responding as well now that the turf course seems to be getting harder and harder. I've ridden on most of the grass courses in North America and Canada and this one is totally different, although obviously it's brand new and will take some time to fix."

Jerkens puzzled by Society Selection

Saturday's Shirley Jones Handicap was supposed to be a match between Grade 1 winners Madcap Escapade and Society Selection. Neither filly broke well, but while Madcap Escapade used her abundant speed to recover and win the Grade 2 race, Society Selection lingered at the rear of the pack and finished last after stumbling badly at the start.

"She got a little cut on her hind leg, but otherwise she's fine," trainer Allen Jerkens said when asked how Society Selection came out of the race. "I don't know what happened. It baffles me, especially the fact she never beat a horse."

Jerkens had hoped to use the Shirley Jones as a prep for the Grade 2 Rampart on March 26, but he's not sure what he'll do with Society Selection now.

"I'm not ruling anything out, but at the moment I'd say the Rampart is probably out and we'll just wait to run her when we return to New York," said Jerkens.

Defer, Survivalist work

Trainer Shug McGaughey worked his two top 3-year-old prospects on Sunday and Monday in preparation for upcoming races over the next two weeks.

Defer, who will make his next start in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth on March 5, drilled five furlongs in 59.80 seconds under jockey Jerry Bailey on Sunday. The work was the second-fastest move on the tab behind his stablemate Daydreaming, who went in 59. Defer is coming off a fourth-place finish behind Proud Accolade in the Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes, where Defer launched his 3-year-old campaign.

"His work was excellent, especially the way he finished," said McGaughey. "I'm just going to throw out his last start. I think he'll be better around two turns when he doesn't have to chase quick factions."

Survivalist, who finished a troubled second in a first-level allowance race here last month, worked a half-mile in 49 seconds on Monday. He is expected to return under similar conditions going a mile on Saturday.

McGaughey also confirmed that Daydreaming will make her 2005 debut in Saturday's Grade 3 Sabin Handicap. The race will serve as a prep for the Rampart.

Among other top 3-year-olds in the area to work on Monday were Proud Accolade, five furlongs in 1:00.40 at Palm Meadows; Straight Line, four furlongs in 48.80 at Gulfstream; and G P's Black Knight, five furlongs in 59.80 at Gulfstream with blinkers on.

Also, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said that Closing Argument, a potential candidate for the Fountain of Youth, worked a half-mile in 49.40, although the work was not listed on the official tab.

Exciting times for Steve Klesaris

Trainer Steve Klesaris is having a memorable winter. Not only has the New England-born horseman sent out four of his 3-year-olds to win at first asking during the opening six weeks of the meet, but he also married his longtime fianc?e and assistant, Lillian Altieri, on Feb. 1.

Klesaris will send out one of those debut winners, Right Daddy, as a heavy favorite in Wednesday's fifth race. Right Daddy, a 3-year-old daughter of Yes It's True, rallied to a 3 1/2-length victory in her career debut on Jan. 30, earning a 95 Beyer Speed Figure for the performance.

"We're trying to put a little more distance to her on Wednesday and, hopefully, she'll be able to tackle this obstacle and move on to bigger and better things," said Klesaris. "She acts like she has the mentality and mechanics to go two turns. Actually, she surprised us a little bit the way she won her first start. She didn't show that type of brilliance in the morning, and it's nice when that happens. Usually they turn out to be less than you think in the afternoon, not more."

Klesaris trains Right Daddy and his other 3-year-old first-time winners for Puglisi Stables. Also in the group is Mighty Mecke, who topped a strong field of maidens, including the highly regarded, Todd Pletcher-trained Confederation on Feb. 12.

"Mighty Mecke has some nice ability, but I'm not sure when he'll run next," Klesaris said. "The race this Saturday is the right distance, a mile, but comes up a bit quick, and the next one is at a mile and one-eighth. I just don't want to be rushing him into anything right now."