Jockey Cannon will miss 3-4 months after Indiana Grand spill

Jockey Cannon will miss 3-4 months after Indiana Grand spill
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Jockey Declan Cannon will be sidelined for three to four months because of an injury sustained in a spill at Indiana Grand on Monday.

The fall occurred in Monday's fifth race, as Marty McGee of the Daily Racing Form reported on social media.

According to the chart, Cannon's mount, Zoikes, "was well rated early, then made a bid between horses on the turn and clipped heels leaving the quarter pole and fell. Vanned off."

Tammy Knox, race marketing manager for Indiana Grand, told Horse Racing Nation Tuesday that No. 8 Zoikes, a 3-year-old filly making her third start after graduating last out at the Indianapolis-area track, is unhurt.

As for Cannon, his agent, Tim Hanisch, told HRN that the 33-year-old Ireland native has "got a few fractures and vertebrae and likely needs surgery, and that's going to put him out for a few months."

Hanisch said the surgery could be done Tuesday and that Cannon will be out for three to four months.

Hanisch blame the accident on careless riding by Marcelino Pedroza, who was aboard the winner, No. 10 Fireside Kitten. "Looks to me like the rider of the 10 horse was very reckless, and careless riding is what caused Declan's horse to get pushed into the heels of the 4 horse, which caused his mount to go down and caused Declan to get thrown to the grass course. That all could have been prevented with without careless riding by the rider of the 10."

But John Herbstreit, Pedroza's agent, noted that there was a stewards' inquiry after the race and said, "If they had deemed him at fault, they would have taken the horse down."

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