09/06/2016 11:03AM

Jockey Beaucamp critical but stable after Monmouth spill


Jockey Laurent Beaucamp was in critical but stable condition Tuesday morning in the intensive care unit at Saint Barnabas/Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, N.J., following a Monday riding accident at Monmouth Park.

Beaucamp, 41, was aboard Irresistible Me in the sixth race at Monmouth. He was attempting to come through along the inner rail in upper stretch of the first-level optional-claiming sprint on turf when his 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.

Nancy Ebersole, a family friend who has been at the hospital since after the accident, said on Tuesday Beaucamp had three broken vertebrae, which were pressing on his spine; a badly broken left arm; fractured ribs; and a punctured lung.

Beaucamp underwent five hours of surgery Monday to stabilize his injuries and to repair his lung and a lacerated liver.

A native of France, 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 gallops horses at Parx in the mornings for trainer Lupe Preciado, the trainer of Irresistible Me.

Preciado said Irresistible Me would be sent to the farm to recover from his injuries and that it was not yet clear whether he would race again.


Mark W. More than 1 year ago
So sad.
mbaileyalarm More than 1 year ago
Prayers Going Up...Blessing Coming Down... Peace Be Still...
Dave Oster More than 1 year ago
irretible me,...,retire him to permanent farm life
Richard Holmes More than 1 year ago
Prayers for a full and speedy recovery for Laurent!
John Madeiros More than 1 year ago
Get well soon Laurent. My prayers are with you my friend. Amen.
Adoula Faroulk More than 1 year ago
Filia est bona?
Tony Imbesi More than 1 year ago
Mr. Dunleavy, my family owns Irresistible Me, we are Briardale Stables and if you watch the head on view of the race you will see the jockey of the 4 horse, Jose Ferrer senses our horse coming along the rail and purposely steers his horse left towards the rail which squeezed us and caused our horse to jump the rail.  Ferrer's horse was tiring and falling back and our horse was making a big move to win the race.  What Ferrer did was criminal. Laurent is close to death due to Ferrer's horrible dispicable action and lack of regard for others on the racetrack. We want to expose Jose Ferrer for being the danger to horses and people in this industry that he is and I would really appreciate your help if you would review the race and write about it. Ferrer shouldn't be able to get away with what he did. 
Tony Imbesi 
Joe More than 1 year ago
This is a tragic situation and I hope Laurent fully recovers. But, calling Ferrer's action 'criminal' goes too far. 
As I saw it, Ferrer tried to protect the rail as any race rider would do.  What should he have done, just give Beaucamp's horse the lane, like Aaron Gryder did for his entrymate Flintshire at Saratoga a couple weeks ago?  
Ferrer had an obligation to his horse's bettors and owners to try to win, and if he wasn't gonna win, he's obligated to try for 2nd, 3rd, or 4th. His horse was tiring but Ferrer still had a job to do, and that was get the best placing for his horse.
Beaucamp tried to come up the rail and as any jockey or racing fan knows, sometimes you get through and sometimes you don't. It's a risk.

What IS criminal in my opinion is that Monmouth Park hasn't even mentioned the Beaucamp spill or his status in the hospital. Their site just has the recap of Monday's races and usual promos etc, as if a jockey being grievously injured in one of its races never even happened.   
I know Monmouth Park has bigger, existential problems these days, but being heartless doesn't help their standing, at least with this racing fan.         
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get well Laurent, I hope people come to your rescue, the fact that Jocks have no health
ins, is catastrophic in times like these!
Dennis Sharkey More than 1 year ago
Prayers to his family and to him . Hope all goes well ,and that he is in good hands .Also, I hope the horse will be okay too .

Ron Williams More than 1 year ago
Maria Remedio More than 1 year ago
Hey Ron I broke my shoulder blade and damaged my rotator cuff.. will be out for awhile .. thanks for asking 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Speedy recovery Maria, you're one of my favs!