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Franco to miss a week or two with strained knee

Friday, June 29th, 2018

Shigeki Kikkawa
Jockey Geovanni Franco

CYPRESS, Calif. – Jockey Geovanni Franco will not ride the first two weeks of the Los Alamitos summer meeting while recovering from a strained knee, his agent, James Giannone said on Thursday.

Franco, 27, may ride the final week of the Los Alamitos meeting, beginning July 12, but is more likely to focus on the start of the Del Mar summer meeting, which begins July 18. Franco was second in the standings at the Santa Anita spring-summer meeting that ended on June 24 with 28 wins.

“We’ve shut it down,” Giannone said. “I’m not going to hurry him.”

Giannone said Franco felt discomfort in his left knee in the last week. Franco was sidelined from early August to early November last year because of issues with his right knee.

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