01/15/2005 12:00AM

Fallon finds new agent in Miller


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Jockey agent Ron Anderson began the current meeting working for two of the world's premier riders, Hall of Famer Jerry Bailey and six-time British riding champion Kieren Fallon. But beginning Saturday, Anderson was back to only one rider, Bailey,and Fallon will now be represented by Terry "Jaws" Miller.

"Jerry just didn't feel comfortable with the situation," said Anderson shortly after entries were drawn for Monday's program early Saturday afternoon. "Kieren is a great rider and a great guy, and I'll work with Jaws to help get him going."

Fallon, who is riding full-time in the U.S. for the first time this winter, is off to a good start at the meet, winning three races during the opening week, including the Marshua's River aboard Angela's Love for trainer Dale Romans. All three of Fallon's wins have come on the turf.

Miller is also representing Canadian-based jockey Patrick Husbands here this winter.

"I had been looking to work with Fallon in the fall, but Ron ended up getting him," said Miller. "I think this is going to turn out pretty good. Kieren and Patrick are pretty good friends, and Patrick is fine with this."

Kelly's Landing gets first test

Kelly's Landing, who is undefeated and untested in his first two career starts, will put his record on the line when topping a full and well-matched field of second-level allowance horses in Monday's $35,000 main event.

Kelly's Landing has won each of his starts by 9 1/4 lengths. He captured his debut at Turfway Park on March 20 and a first-level allowance race over a sloppy track five weeks later at Keeneland. Kelly's Landing won both races for trainer Tom Bergin but was transferred to Eddie Kenneally when returning from a layoff in November.

"He needed some time off but is training really well, and I think I've got him as fit as you can get a horse off of works," said Kenneally, who has 18 horses stabled at Palm Meadows and is spending his first winter at Gulfstream. "He's obviously a very nice horse, and he's one of the reasons I came here this winter rather than head to New Orleans like I usually do."

Kelly's Landing will have to be on top of his game if he's to remain unbeaten. Also in the six-furlong dash are the Dale Romans-trained pair of Shadowland and Exciting Metro, along with Unigold and Charming Jim.

Shadowland finished second in the Grade 3 Lecomte last winter at Fair Grounds and was seventh behind Smarty Jones in the Arkansas Derby. In his only start since the Arkansas Derby, Shadowland was eighth in the Commonwealth on turf at Churchill Downs.

Exciting Metro was a first-level allowance winner in his 2004 finale at Churchill, earning a career best 89 Beyer Speed Figure.

Unigold won his only U.S. start, an entry-level allowance race over the Fair Grounds turf course March 28, but has not run since.

Charming Jim is coming off a second-place finish under second-level allowance conditions at Calder.

Track condition cause for confusion

The main track was a sea of slop when Saturday's card began, but the official track condition was listed as "good" for the afternoon's opening three races. The condition was not downgraded to "sloppy" until the fourth race.

"Setting track conditions is a matter of opinion, and since this is a new track that's never taken this kind of water before, it's hard for the track superintendent to make a distinct judgment," said track president Scott Savin. "I think the track has held up amazingly well considering all the rain we've taken, and the important thing is not what we call the track but that the bottom is good and it's a very safe racetrack."