11/10/2004 1:00AM

Team Valor calls on Fallon


The ongoing jockey controversy at Churchill Downs has led Team Valor to reach across the Atlantic Ocean to get British standout Kieren Fallon to ride their contenders in upcoming stakes at Churchill.

Fallon will ride River Belle in the $150,000 Mrs. Revere Stakes on Saturday and Shadowland in the $150,000 Commonwealth Turf on Sunday. In his latest overseas voyage, Fallon rode Ouija Board to victory in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

Team Valor's president, Barry Irwin, said the situation at Churchill, where 14 jockeys have been banned in a dispute over insurance coverage, has "gutted" the jockey colony. Irwin called Fallon "the best grass rider in the world. . . . We try to get him any time we can."

Fallon was scheduled to arrive in Louisville on Thursday.