Saturday's second race at Tampa Bay Downs marked the stateside debut of 20-year-old English apprentice jockey Cieren Fallon, the 2019 champion apprentice in Great Britain and son of retired six-time British champion rider Kieren Fallon. The youngster finished third aboard the Christophe Clement-trained 3-year-old colt Uhtred, 2 ¼ lengths behind winner Dream Liner.
The younger Fallon's mother, Julie Bowker, is also a former rider.
After breaking alertly and angling to the inside from the No. 7 post position, Fallon found himself in tight quarters aboard Uhtred entering the first turn. He was able to secure good position up the backstretch in the mile-and-a-sixteenth allowance event and loomed a threat on the far turn, but had to settle for third after getting in tight in midstretch.
“He was struggling to get out in the home straight, but we didn't have much room,” Fallon said. “We got room eventually and he picked up nicely, but it was a bit too late.”
For Fallon, who has been working for Clement at Payson Park Training Center in Indiantown, Fla., since early November, the plan is to return to England in February and come back to the United States next fall.
“I want to get some rides over here and work on the clock in my head and hopefully that can put me in a good state of mind for going back to the (United Kingdom),” he said. “This is a really nice turf course and riding here was a great experience. It's a lot tighter than England, especially around the bends, but it was a good first ride and I'm looking forward to many more.”
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