Jockey Eddie Cox Injured at Evangeline
Rider sustains his second major injury this year.
By Greg Thompson | October 19, 2014
Veteran rider Eddie Cox sustained his second spill and fracture in his vertebra in less than six months on Friday night's card at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, Louisiana.
Cox was aboard Mississippi Stud in the fourth race and went to post as the odds-on favorite aboard the Randy Hebert trainee.
After making the lead in the 870-yard race and preceeding the rest of the field into the stretch, the 3-year old gelding faded in mid-stretch and held on to finish sixth in a field of eight. Approximately 80 yards past the wire, Mississippi Stud fell to the ground, sending Cox plummeting downward onto the Opelousas racecourse.
On June 21 of this year, Cox was aboard Jumpn Streaker at Delta Downs on when he went down. The rider suffered two broken vertebrae in that accident.
StallioneSearch was unable to obtain an official status of the condition or the level of injury sustained by Cox's mount, Mississippi Stud.
According to Cox's wife, Rhonda, the veteran rider re-fractured his C2 vertebra, as well as fracturing his C5 and C6. Cox was transported to Lafayette for surgery on the injuries that resulted from the spill.
A further update will be posted when available.
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