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Pete Rose of horse racing?

LONDON (AP) — Leading jockey Kieren Fallon was suspended for 21 days Monday for failing to ride out a victory after leading a race by a big margin.

Fallon, Britain’s champion flat jockey six of the past seven years, faces a separate investigation into whether he fixed races.

His mount, Ballinger Ridge, was leading by 10 lengths midway through a race at Lingfield last Tuesday. The Irish jockey apparently eased up on his horse in the final eighth of a mile and lost by a head.

Ballinger Ridge was a 15-8 betting choice. The race was won by Rye, the 8-11 favourite. Just before the race, security officials reported “suspicious betting patterns.”

Fallon has denied wrongdoing. His lawyer, Christopher Stewart-Moore, said the jockey made a “human mistake.” He said Fallon would co-operate with the investigation and “looks forward to getting his name cleared.”

The Jockey Club, British horse racing’s governing body, found Fallon guilty Monday of failing to ride his mount to the best possible finish and handed him the maximum three-week suspension for a riding offence.

Fallon won the English Derby twice, aboard Oath in 1999 and Kris Kin in 2003.

In 1994, he was banned for six months for pulling a jockey from his horse.



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