Jockey Laurent Beaucamp Badly Injured In Monmouth Spill

06.09.2016, by Jim
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Jockey Laurent Beaucamp is at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune City recovering from injuries suffered in a riding accident at Monmouth Park on Monday. He was initially taken to the Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch but transferred to the Jersey Shore facility due to their superior trauma care resources. He is listed in critical but stable condition.

The 41 year old native of France was aboard Irresistible Me in the sixth race at Monmouth on Monday. The optional claiming sprint was run on the turf track and Beaucamp was trying to manuever his horse along the inside rail. It isn’t apparent what happened next but his mount appeared to make contact with the temporary rail throwing Beaucamp hard to the ground. Irresistible Me then proceeded to trip over the rail and fall.

Beaucamp was taken by ambulance to the intensive care unit at Saint Barnabas/Monmouth Medical Center. The initial diagnosis was a laundry list of injuries: three broken vertebrae that were pressing on his spine, a severe fracture of the left arm, fractured ribs and a punctured lung. He immediately underwent five hours of surgery to stabilize him and to repair the punctured lung and lacerated liver. Upon his transfer to the Jersey Shore Medical Center he had further surgery to close the incision on his torso. The following day he had a plate inserted to stabalize the broken left arm. His broken vertebrae will also need surgery though it’s not yet known when that will take place.

Beaucamp campaigned in the US from 2008 to 2013 before heading back to Europe. He returned to the US earlier this year and was 1 for 10 since–ironically, his lone victory came aboard Irresistible Me in a $15,000 claiming race at Delaware Park on July 20. He has also galloped horses at Parx for trainer Lupe Preciado, the trainer of Irresistible Me. As for Irresistible Me the good news is that his injuries didn’t appear to be life threatening. Whether he’ll be able to race again is not yet known. At present, he’s resting at his trainer’s farm with further evaluation of his injuries and prospects for future competition to take place at a later date.

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