09/08/2016 10:56AM

Injured rider Beaucamp transferred to Jersey Shore Medical Center


Laurent Beaucamp, who was badly injured in a riding accident in the sixth race at Monmouth Park on Monday, has been moved from the Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, N.J., to the Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune City.

While the Monmouth Medical Center was able to stabilize Beaucamp, the Jersey Shore Medical Center has a Level 1 trauma wing and is "better equipped to take care of his injuries," according to Nancy Ebersole, a close friend.

Beaucamp was in critical but stable condition on Thursday. His girlfriend, Pamela Miller, has been at his side since the accident.

A 41-year-old native of France, Beaucamp suffered three broken vertebrae, which are putting pressure on his spine, a badly broken left arm, fractured ribs, and a punctured lung in the spill. He underwent five hours of surgery Monday to stabilize his injuries and to repair his lung and lacerated liver.

On Wednesday, Beaucamp had surgery to close up the incision on his torso. On Thursday, he was scheduled to have a plate put in to stabilize his broken arm. The damaged vertebrae will also require surgery, according to Ebersole.

A GoFundMe page to help with Beaucamp's expenses will be set up by early next week.

Beaucamp, a father of two, was injured while riding Irresistible Me. Beaucamp and Irresistible Me were attempting to come through along the inner rail in upper stretch of the first-level optional-claiming sprint on turf when the horse appeared to hit and then jump the temporary rail. Beaucamp was thrown hard to the ground, and Irresistible Me then tripped over the rail and fell.

Beaucamp rode in the United States from 2008 to 2013. He returned to the U.S. early this year and was 1 for 10 since. His victory came aboard Irresistible Me in a $15,000 claiming race at Delaware Park on July 20.

Beaucamp has galloped horses at Parx in the mornings for trainer Lupe Preciado, the trainer of Irresistible Me.

Preciado said Irresistible Me would be sent to a farm to recover from his injuries and that it was not known if he would be able to race again.

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