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Top Irish jockey Fallon retires because of depression

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LONDON — Kieren Fallon, a six-time champion jockey in Britain, has retired from horse racing after suffering from depression.

Speaking on Fallon’s behalf, the chief medical officer for the Irish Turf Club said on Monday that Fallon has had depression for almost three years.

Dr. Adrian McGoldrick told Britain’s Press Association that Fallon has “quite profound depression,” and that he will be admitted to hospital in his native Ireland as soon as possible.

Fallon rode 16 winners in British classics and two winners in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, in 2005 and ’07. He was champion jockey in Britain six times from 1997-2003.

In a controversial career, Fallon was cleared in 2007 of charges of fixing races, for which he was suspended for 17 months. He also was twice banned for failing drug tests.

Injury knocks El Areeb out of Kentucky Derby contention

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LAUREL, Md. — El Areeb has been knocked out of Kentucky Derby contention because of a slight knee fracture.

Trainer Cal Lynch said Thursday that El Areeb would undergo surgery on Monday for the injury that is not career-threatening.

El Areeb had won the Jerome and Withers, making him one of the East Coast’s leading candidates for the Kentucky Derby on May 6.

Lynch said X-rays showed the knee fracture after the colt completed a 1 1/8-mile workout on Thursday. El Areeb was set to make his next start in the Wood Memorial on April 8 at Aqueduct.

Lynch said the colt’s surgery would be done at New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. The timetable for recovery and return is uncertain, although Lynch said it’s typically six months.

Man o’ War exhibit honors racing legend born a century ago

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — A new exhibit on Man o’ War is opening across the street from the New York racetrack where the thoroughbred racing legend suffered his only defeat.

“Man o’ War at 100” is being unveiled Wednesday at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, across Union Avenue from Saratoga Race Course.

The exhibit’s opening coincides with the 100th anniversary of the horse’s birth on March 29, 1917, at Nursery Stud near Lexington, Kentucky. The horse was sold the next year at the Saratoga yearling sales.

Considered one of racing’s greatest thoroughbreds, Man o’ War won 20 of 21 lifetime starts. The horse’s only defeat was to a horse named Upset in the 1919 Sanford Memorial Stakes at Saratoga.

Man o’ War died in Kentucky in 1947 at age 30.