Having been around the racing scene for some time, the irrepressible Kieren Fallon has been winning trophies longer than many jockeys have been active. Into his 50s, Fallon was still winning trophies in 2014, when he was just approaching his fifth decade on the planet. With his first win arriving as far back as 1997, too, he’s had a long career of varied and consistent success.
Having started out as a stable jockey for Henry Cecil, he recorded his first win at a Classic when he won the 1,000 Guineas riding Sleepytime. From there, the rest became history as he went on to become a hard-working jockey who was only ever held back by a poor disciplinary record.
With a ten-day ban early into his career, he controversially won the Epsom Oaks when having his ban postponed. With 202 wins in this season, he won the Champion Jockey for the first time. from there, he went on to become a popular and successful jockey.
Fallon, though, left the tutelage of Cecil for reasons that were never fully disclosed. With the end of his association with Cecil, he moved to work with Michael Stoute to win even more success and fame over his career. After leaving here, too, he went to work with Aidan O’Brien before a controversial ban put on him by the French racing authorities more or less put his career on ice. With metabolites testing positive after a race at Chantilly, he lost a year of his career.
He returned as a freelance jockey, riding more than 140 winners himself before retiring with depression. We hope that Kieren can find the peace that he deserves.
Achievements & Highlights
Major Wins – 2,000 Guineas Stakes (2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2014),1,000 Guineas Stakes (1997, 1999, 2003, 2005), Epsom Derby (1999, 2003, 2004), Epsom Oaks (1997, 1999, 2004), Arlington Million (2005).
Associations – Golan.
The name Arrogate means a huge amount f to many horse racing fans of recent years. An American Thoroughbred, Arrogate came to prominence with a win at the 2016 Travers Stakes & the Breeders’ Cup Classic, culminating in a World’s Best Racehorse Award in 2016. Already, with just a run of four stake wins, Arrogate has won more money than other horse in North American history!
Raised by Juddmonte Farms for over $500,000, Arrogate trained under Bob Baffer.
Already, the horse has picked up a series of wins at the likes of the Pegasus World Cup and the Dubai World Cup in 2017 to follow along with an incredible career start. Indeed, it came 3rd in its first run at the Maiden Special Weight, and since then has gone from strength to strength. Arrogate started off under the jockeyship of Martin Garcia, before moving to Rafael Beljarano. By the time the horse was running at the Travers Stakes where it made its name, though, it was being used by Mike Smith.
Achievements & Highlights
Although the career is still very much on the go, Arrogate already has a fantastic run of highlights and events that it can point to. Indeed, the incredible Dubai World Cup seen the horse win over half of its prize money in a single race. Despite a poor start that seen it fall to the fourteen horse field, Smith got her back into form for the later stages of the race and made up incredible ground on the leader, the aptly named Gun Runner.
Completing 2000m in 2:02:23, it won on a challenging track and took an incredible $10m for the World Cup alone. This race is used by many people as the kind of example that you would turn to, if you wanted to show people why horse racing is such an incredibly exciting sport!
With much more to come in the future, too, who knows how much Arrogate is going to win?
Wins – Travers Stakes (2016), Breeders’ Cup Classic (2016), Pegasus World Cup (2017), Dubai World Cup (2017)
Associations – Juddmonte Farms, Bob Baffert, Mike Smith.
Earnings – $17m+