10/16/2014 4:24PM

Fallon intends to ride full-time in California


ARCADIA, Calif.- Kieren Fallon, the leading rider in England six times, is planning a move to California this winter, according to a report in the Racing Post.

Fallon, 49, will begin riding in California at the end of this month, coinciding with the Breeders’ Cup races at Santa Anita on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 and the final days of the British turf flat season. The veteran rider said he hopes to make a permanent move for the final stage of his career.

“I want to go to American to see if I do want to stop riding or continue,” he told the Racing Post. “I’d like to go back to California, which I intend doing in the next couple of weeks, just to try to get the buzz back again. Things really haven’t happened in the second half of the year, and you get a bit stale.”

This year, Fallon has ridden such winners as Night of Thunder in the English 2000 Guineas. Through Thursday, he was tied for 25th in the British standings with 61 wins from 471 mounts. Ryan Moore leads all riders with 163 wins.

The last month has been a quiet period for Fallon in Britain, with five winners, including two earlier this week.

“Without Night of Thunder, and without [trainer] Saeed [Bin Suroor] this year, I’d have been dead, as I didn’t really have much else apart from midweek winners,” Fallon told the Racing Post. “If you’re not riding good winners on the big days, it fizzles out. That’s why I think it’s time to go back to America, to see if I can do something there.”

Fallon has 16 lifetime wins in the United States, including consecutive runnings of the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf with Islington and Ouija Board in 2003 and 2004, and the 2005 Arlington Million on Powerscourt. He rode at Gulfstream Park in early 2009, recording five wins.

Islington won the BC Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita. Fallon also participated in an international jockey  competition at Santa Anita in 1999, winning two races.


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Tommy Medina More than 1 year ago
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
61 wins, mostly midweek ,means i need money! Come here, maybe get a breeder's cup winner to pay the bills. he'll get mounts
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
As a rule i think we should avoid bringing in jockeys with a spotty past. We already have our own crooks and substance abusers. just saying.
andre johnson More than 1 year ago
No chance he can make it.Too many riders,too few horses!
russell More than 1 year ago
There are very few game changing jocks in the game. I doubt Kieran Fallon is one of them. Mike Smith, Gary Stevens, John V, they make a differance. The rest i could care less who rides my horse.
Alan Jefferson More than 1 year ago
how is mr fallon going to keep to the weights he will be ok at 126 lbs have you seen THE STRAIN vampires are finally stopped when horse players everywhere put tiny sticky post it notes with todd schrupps selections on their tongues causing them to recoil burn up and die santa anita stewards should be more consistent in saying that keiren gives stewards a tough time during his juddmonte days with one of my favorite trainers h cecil not ben ? bring over john francome instead or a mccoy
Angelo More than 1 year ago
What did you say?
mark More than 1 year ago
Excellent! Great Rider!
Chuck Berger More than 1 year ago
Whether Fallon still is a quality rider is hard to gauge. A jockey still needs the horse to ride. With the scarcity of horses in California, he will find it hard to win. That's why Rosario left California about a year and a half ago.
andre johnson More than 1 year ago
Walter More than 1 year ago
Curious how this will turn out. There aren't a lot of horses in CA anymore, so it will limit his chances. Also, they run so many sprints in CA, he will have to adapt. He should do well in the 6.5f down the hill races.
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
Have you not watched a lot of UK racing? They run tons of sprints?
Walter More than 1 year ago
Yeah Bugsy, I see them running 1:08 and change all the time in Europe?? What are you talking about? Sprinting in SoCal and Sprinting in Europe are two different worlds. You know that.