06/02/2010 11:00PM

Fallon flies into New York for work


ELMONT, N.Y. - The exotic saga of Kinsale King reached another level Thursday morning at Belmont Park, when he worked in preparation for the Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot later this month, and jockey Kieren Fallon flew in from Europe, for the day, for the breeze.

"No, I've never done anything like that," Fallon said, "but it will be worth it, I hope."

Kinsale King worked a half-mile on the main track in 48.42 seconds, with Fallon giving him a vigorous hand ride through the lane.

"He's like me -- laid back," Fallon said.

Kinsale King, trained by Carl O'Callaghan, won the Golden Shaheen in Dubai in March. He is based in Southern California but prepared for that race by traveling to Golden Gate Fields in Northern California to train over Golden Gate's Tapeta surface, similar to what he would find in Dubai.

The trip to New York is an intermediate stop en route to Great Britain. Kinsale King arrived here Wednesday night, worked Thursday, and leaves Monday for Newmarket, England, to begin final preparations for a six-furlong grass race on a straightaway June 19.

Garrett Gomez rode Kinsale King in Dubai, but he is unable to travel to Royal Ascot for the June 19 race. O'Callaghan reached out to Fallon, a fellow native of Ireland.

"By coming here with the horse for a couple of days, Kieren was able to come over and get a feel for him," O'Callaghan said. "There aren't too many riders who would do something like that."

Fallon was scheduled to return to Great Britain on Thursday night, in time to ride on Friday and then in the Epsom Derby on Saturday, in which he rides Al Zir.

Kinsale King has bar shoes on both front hooves and a fresh patch over a nasty quarter crack on the inside of his left front hoof.

"It's something we have to watch every day," O'Callaghan said. "Both the blacksmith, Judd Fisher, and the vet, Dr. Keith Latson, are going to go to Europe for the race, just to keep an eye on everything. He has very expensive feet. It costs a lot every month."

O'Callaghan has been training in California for three years. Prior to that, he worked as an exercise rider for trainer Todd Pletcher. Kinsale King took up temporary residence in Pletcher's Belmont Park barn, in a stall right next to Super Saver, the Kentucky Derby winner.