Trainer Martine Bellocq continues to be treated at UCSD Medical Center in San Diego for burns she received while trying to rescue her horses during the San Luis Rey Downs training center fire in Bonsal, Calif., Dec. 8.
After suffering second- and third-degree burns over 50% of her body, her status remains "critical" according to the hospital, and her doctors have indicated that it will be at least several more days before any decisions can be made about further treatments.
Bellocq was air-lifted to the San Diego hospital, where doctors initially put her in an induced coma to treat the burns. She has since come out of the coma.
Bellocq and her husband, Pierre Bellocq Jr., had six horses at the San Diego North County facility. Four of them are known to have been rescued.
Pierre is the older brother of long-time racing executive Remi Bellocq, who currently works in Lexington, Ky., with the Bluegrass Community and Technical College equine program and contributes cartoons to BloodHorse. They are the sons of the noted equine artist Pierre Bellocq, known as PEB.
Those wishing to donate funds toward Martine Bellocq's medical expenses are encouraged to do so through the California Thoroughbred Trainers' site by going to CTHFcares.org.The donation can be specifically earmarked for Bellocq.