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Author Topic: Bad accident at Harrington race 1  (Read 8633 times)
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« on: May 15, 2006, 03:36:22 PM »

Tony Morgan was involved but I think he's ok.
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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2006, 03:37:19 PM »

Correction. Tony was in the race but not involved in accident. The horse Perdition was involved.
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2006, 03:53:15 PM »

Race 1 declared no contest. ALl monies refunded.

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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2006, 04:08:38 PM »

Must have been a really bad one. Ive been watching for a while now and nothing. Just the tote for a while and now an announcement about it being a NO CONTEST.

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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2006, 04:20:05 PM »

Racing cancelled. That's not a good sign. Hope and prayers go out to all involved.
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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2006, 04:23:03 PM »

Just saw this e-mail on the yahoo harness list.

I didn't see it but I've been told that Steve Warrington, Hal Belote,
and Brad Hanners were involved in a huge wreck in the first race at
Harrington this afternoon.  Warrington was airlifted out and Hal Belote
may not make it.

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« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2006, 04:28:03 PM »

This really must be serious. I've seen guys goes down and get badly injured-Lou Mellert died as a result of injuries sustained in a wreck at Northfield, but never seen a card cancelled.

Very classy move by Harrington.
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« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2006, 04:33:04 PM »

Just saw this e-mail on the yahoo harness list.

I didn't see it but I've been told that Steve Warrington, Hal Belote,
and Brad Hanners were involved in a huge wreck in the first race at
Harrington this afternoon.  Warrington was airlifted out and Hal Belote
may not make it.

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...in light of the tragedy involving Mr. Belote, the post is non-comforting and hereby removed.   trotter  TC
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« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2006, 04:40:29 PM »

Harold Belote was fatally injured.A sad day for ALL in harness racing.
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« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2006, 04:49:09 PM »

do we have video?
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« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2006, 04:49:27 PM »

here's a link:

http://www.harnessracing.com/news_detailed.php?id=4327
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« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2006, 04:55:52 PM »

so is anyone gonna be able to show the race?
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« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2006, 04:58:24 PM »

do you really want to see it? i personally do not have video, but I checked to see if they have replays and they don't so you may be sol.
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« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2006, 04:58:28 PM »

so is anyone gonna be able to show the race?
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you're a better man than I am, dude.

they couldnt pay me enough to watch that race now.
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« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2006, 05:00:02 PM »

ill watch it ... i wanna see what happen
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« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2006, 05:02:33 PM »

 


Harrington Raceway
RACE 1 1.0 Mile Min. To Post:CLOSED

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Current Odds as of 6:54:33 PM ET1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
3 4/5 14 18 5/2 60 14 60
Refresh Odds                                      LIVE TOTE BOARD

 

Program And Pools

NW $12,501 LAST 6 STARTS W/O $41,000 IN 2006 NOT ELIGIBLE AE: NW $8001 LAST 6 STARTS Purse:$12,500 Class Rating:100 Surface:Dirt Type:Pace
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Horse Driver ML Odds Win Place Show

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1 Mr Supercharger Morand, Jim 5/2 2670 1025 436
2 Future Treasure Pierce, Ron 3 6264 1362 555
3 Atenothnbutdscootr Belote, Hal 10 753 482 234
4 High Calibre N Warrington, St 5 594 236 133
5 Village Blitz Morgan, Anthon 4 3002 876 287
6 Allamerican Campy King, Jim Jr 12 167 106 75
7 Perdition Hanners, Bradl 6 754 240 140
8 Build A Fire Givens, Brando 8 170 94 72
Totals   REFUND REFUND REFUND
 
 
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« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2006, 05:02:51 PM »

ill watch it ... i wanna see what happen
And I will send you a tape of Nascar Indy 500 crashes also.

Show some respect man.
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« Reply #17 on: May 15, 2006, 05:04:11 PM »

I was watching the race live on Youbet.com and just check to see if the replay was up and it is.  Just watched it again. Horrible.
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« Reply #18 on: May 15, 2006, 05:07:38 PM »

what the hell do you mean by that hank show some respect.... because i wanna see what happen .. see what went wrong and where .. maybe learn from it ... hello maybe you should see other sides of looking at the vid or replay ... kinda like when you have to look at horrible car crashes in driving school ... to learn from it .. so dont look at me in shame
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« Reply #19 on: May 15, 2006, 05:10:26 PM »

what the hell do you mean by that hank show some respect.... because i wanna see what happen .. see what went wrong and where .. maybe learn from it ... hello maybe you should see other sides of looking at the vid or replay ... kinda like when you have to look at horrible car crashes in driving school ... to learn from it .. so dont look at me in shame

Just my opinion. The reason they make you watch car crashes in driving school is so you don't drink and drive or do something stupid. A little different than watching a harness racing accident.
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« Reply #20 on: May 15, 2006, 05:15:52 PM »

on youbet.com replays. not free site if you have the pay site replay is up. just sickening, very sad.
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« Reply #21 on: May 15, 2006, 05:18:10 PM »

A terrible event like this puts things in perspective.
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« Reply #22 on: May 15, 2006, 05:22:10 PM »

Tough day across the harness landscape to hear of this tragedy.  Best wishes to the Belote clan.   trotter  TC
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« Reply #23 on: May 15, 2006, 05:27:43 PM »

They have issued the press release and sadly, Hal Belote has died from his injuries.
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« Reply #24 on: May 15, 2006, 05:53:26 PM »

very sad indeed....prayers go out to his family and friends.
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« Reply #25 on: May 15, 2006, 06:53:49 PM »

on youbet.com replays. not free site if you have the pay site replay is up. just sickening, very sad.

I'll possibly post the video later.  Not sure if I want to spread this around.

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« Reply #26 on: May 15, 2006, 06:59:38 PM »

Our prayers are with Mr Belote's friends and family, and to those involved in the accident as well.  God Bless

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« Reply #27 on: May 15, 2006, 07:09:23 PM »

Our prayers are with Mr Belote's friends and family, and to those involved in the accident as well.  God Bless

Kelly Haynes

Kelly,

I agree wholeheartedly.  His family will be in my prayers tonight.  It's the worst nightmare of anyone who loves the game.

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« Reply #28 on: May 15, 2006, 08:14:06 PM »

i see the horse that went down .... Was trying to jump the shadow in that turn .... thats when all went wrong
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« Reply #29 on: May 15, 2006, 08:57:07 PM »

This horrible accident effects us all to coast to coast. As having horses all of my life, I could not even imagine the horrible thought to maybe see your father your brother your sister going too drive the horse. The only thing you can try to remember is Mr. Belote was doing what he love to do. I hope you know are hope and prays are with you and your family..... The Arnold Family
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« Reply #30 on: May 15, 2006, 09:15:12 PM »

Something like this makes you appreciate drivers all the more. Humans behind animals traveling at better then 30 MPH is a very dangerous thing, make no mistake about it. I pray to God that I will never have to call something like that. Its very sad.
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« Reply #31 on: May 15, 2006, 10:22:40 PM »

Harness racing driver killed in track accident at Harrington RacewayTwo other drivers seriously injuredUpdate 7:35 pm

By ANDRE R. TAYLOR
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05/15/2006
DOVER -- Hal Belote, a veteran driver with nearly 2,000 career victories and $11 million in purses, was killed Monday during the first race at Harrington Raceway when his horse stumbled and fell.

The 51-year-old was driving Atenothnbutdscootr past the half-mile mark, in the lead, when the horse fell and took out drivers Brandon Givens and Steve Warrington, who were close behind and unable to avoid the fallen horse.

Belote, of Williamstown, N.J., is the first driver to be killed at a Delaware harness racing track, according to Judy Davis Wilson, director of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund. Wayne Smullin, 41, died in August 1983 from injuries he sustained in a racing accident at the defunct Freestate Raceway in Laurel, Md.

“It’s very rare,” Wilson said. “[Drivers] have accidents, but for it to be fatal, it’s rare. The horse takes a misstep, and you have a domino effect.”

Hugh Gallagher, administrator for the Delaware Harness Racing Commission, said the race was shaping up like a normal race when Belote’s horse “knuckled over.”

“It’s like stubbing your toe when you’re going 35 miles an hour or more,” Gallagher said. “You’ve got a lot of weight, and a lot of speed combined.”

Gallagher said Belote was hit by Warrington’s horse, racing immediately behind, and then by Givens’ rig, which he said “apparently had considerable impact” with Belote.

“Mr. Belote received a great deal of medical attention on the track, as did the two other drivers,” Gallagher said.

Belote was pronounced dead at Milford Memorial Hospital, said Lt. Doug Phillips of the Kent County paramedics. He said paramedics were called to the track at 5:38 p.m.

The remainder of the 15-race program was canceled. Belote was also scheduled to drive Night’s Echo in the fourth race.

Givens, 19, of Seaford, was taken by ambulance to Milford Memorial Hospital, then transferred to Christiana Hospital. Warrington, 54, of Galena, Md., was flown to Christiana. Both suffered leg injuries.

Officials from Christiana Hospital did not release any information about their condition.

A successful career

None of the horses involved in the accident appeared to be seriously injured.

Belote won 1,986 races in his career. His first career driving win was at Harrington Raceway in 1977.

He also was an established trainer and had one of the higher winning percentages among trainers in Delaware for the past 10 years. Perhaps his best horse was trotting mare Smashing Jane GT, who won nearly $300,000 and was a track record holder at Harrington.

Atenothnbutdscootr is a 6-year-old male horse that has competed at the raceway for the past three years, Harrington spokesman Matt Sparacino said. He said the horse was not suffering from anything that would cause him not to race.

Track conditions were fine, Sparacino said.

“We’ve had incidents like this before that caused a domino effect,” Sparacino said. “But nothing like this.”

Trainer-driver Les Givens, Brandon’s father, was at the track and said Belote’s horse, Atenothnbutdscootr, just dropped right down in front of them.

“Stevie was first over and Brandon second over. There were four horses on the inside of the track and four on the outside,” Les Givens said. “From there it was a chain reaction. Brandon said he saw the horse drop, but there was nothing he could do. It happened so quick they didn't have time to do anything.

“It looked [from the replay] that Hal went down hard and hit his chest.”

Family involved with racing

Wilson, director of the breeders fund, and Belote grew up together in the Bridgeville area, where their fathers were harness racing drivers. Belote’s father, John, died in November at age 74. Belote’s brother, Sammy, also is a harness driver and trainer who lives in the Harrington area. Sammy was scheduled to drive in the 14th race Monday at Harrington.

“There’s not a politer guy out there,” Wilson said of Hal Belote, whom she had seen in the past two weeks. “It’s just so sad. He always had a smile, always spoke to you.”

Wilson said Harrington officials made the right decision in canceling the remainder of Monday’s racing program.

“It was the respectful thing to do for his family,” she said.

Delaware State Police spokesman Cpl. Jeff Oldham said police were investigating the incident as an industrial accident.

 
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« Reply #32 on: May 15, 2006, 11:02:04 PM »

Got this message from a girl out East through MySpace.com....
http://www.myspace.com/sleepy3288

Hal was a great guy and a great horsemen. He did something he loved and was great at it. I knew Hal and paddocked for him and he will be missed everywhere. Just if this is read take a moment of silence for Hal and his family. It is horrible to see an accident happen while on the track and especailly when the circumstances end up like this. Please take a moment for Hal and his family. Also for the others that were involved and injured that they recover fast........Megan


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« Reply #33 on: May 15, 2006, 11:02:32 PM »

Very Sad, It makes you sick in the pit of your stomach that you can be taken from this earth in a split second !Our thoughts and prayers go out to the freinds and  family.  Sad , very Sad....         Dean Magee Family
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« Reply #34 on: May 15, 2006, 11:05:30 PM »

RIP HAROLD 'HAL' BELOTE

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« Reply #35 on: May 15, 2006, 11:16:00 PM »

Harness Racer Dies in Harrington Crash


HARRINGTON (AP) - A harness racing driver was killed Monday when his horse stumbled and fell during the opening race at Harrington Raceway, a track official said.

Two other drivers were seriously injured in the accident about5:30 p.m., said Patti Key, chief financial officer for the track.
     
"A horse fell and other bikes went out of control," she said.
     
Key identified the dead driver as Hal Belote, 51, a veteran driver from New Jersey.
     
"His horse was the one that went down," she said.
     
Key identified the other drivers as Brandon Givens and Steve Warrington.
     
According to a news release posted on the track's Web site, Warrington was flown by helicopter to Christiana Hospital in Newark with leg and rib injuries. Givens was also taken to Christiana, suffering from an apparent broken leg.
     
Belote was driving Atenothnbutdscootr past the half-mile mark when his horse fell, according to the news release. Givens and Warrington were unable to avoid the fallen horse.
     
Belote was pronounced dead shortly after the accident.
     
Key said it was not clear if Atenothnbutdscootr lost a shoe or something else caused the accident.   

"It's just an accident than can happen in this business," she said.
     
Belote won 1,986 races in his career, amassing nearly $11 million in purse money, and worked as a trainer as well as a driver.

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« Reply #36 on: May 15, 2006, 11:24:41 PM »

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« Reply #37 on: May 15, 2006, 11:29:22 PM »

emp you need to remove that video
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« Reply #38 on: May 15, 2006, 11:32:16 PM »

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« Reply #39 on: May 15, 2006, 11:33:45 PM »

I just saw the race on replay. Wow.
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« Reply #40 on: May 15, 2006, 11:36:35 PM »

emp you need to remove that video

It was removed immediately per someone else's request.

Seemed like the horse saw the shadow of one of the light poles, tried to jump it, tripped and went down, causing the pile up.

I'll send the link via PM only.... thanks bigdaddy and others.
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« Reply #41 on: May 15, 2006, 11:52:56 PM »

jumped the shadow .... then cought a shoe or something and then tragedy struck
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« Reply #42 on: May 16, 2006, 12:09:06 AM »

I just got my computer hooked back up after moving all day Sunday. Very sad news to say the least. Something like this is rare but when it does happen it makes you stop and think just how dangerous it is out there for both horse and driver.

   Rest in peace Mr. Belote.   
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« Reply #43 on: May 16, 2006, 01:15:48 AM »

Oh man--I did just watch the replay.  That really was a bad one and my prayers go out
to the Belote family--he lost his life doing something that he loved to do.

I also take back everything I said about the $25.00 driver guarantee in Chicago.  This
changed my mind.
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« Reply #44 on: May 16, 2006, 02:39:18 AM »

The response has been overwhelming.

Please stop for a minute and think of Harold 'Hal' Belote and send prayers to him and his family. Also consider the risks other drivers are taking when those who abuse with alcohol and drug use while racing. Integrity of our sport is always in question in times like this. We need to educate the public more about the risks and rewards of the sport of harness racing.

Let's keep it fun, clean and honest.

Thank you.
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« Reply #45 on: May 16, 2006, 04:49:25 AM »

I can remember some awful accidents in Chicago throughout the years and they all are horrific events to watch.   My thoughts and prayers go out to the Belote clan.

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« Reply #46 on: May 16, 2006, 05:57:25 AM »

A sad day for racing. My prayers to all involved. If anyone gets funeral service info please post it. I wish the rest a speedy recovery.
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« Reply #47 on: May 16, 2006, 06:31:33 AM »

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Belote family. 
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« Reply #48 on: May 16, 2006, 08:46:04 AM »

To the entire Belote family and anyone else that knew him, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

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« Reply #49 on: May 16, 2006, 10:39:48 AM »

My thoughts and prayers are with the Belote family.  Rest In Peace
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« Reply #50 on: May 16, 2006, 11:03:04 AM »

Its very sad

My prayers are with all the families
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« Reply #51 on: May 16, 2006, 11:48:27 AM »

Been out of town and this is the first place I go to catch up on all the "news".  I am so shocked to hear about Hal Belote. Terrible terrible news.  I know some of the family and I can't even imagine how bad they feel.

I think it would be a super act if all the harness tracks in America would lower their flags out of respect for losing a dedicated horseman who loved the sport so much that he lost his life doing it.
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« Reply #52 on: May 16, 2006, 12:14:04 PM »

Please send cards and best wishes to the family of Harold 'Hal ' Belote in their time of need:
   
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« Reply #53 on: May 16, 2006, 03:14:12 PM »

Just turned on Harrington video and they are having a memorial presentation of some sorts.

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« Reply #54 on: May 16, 2006, 07:08:24 PM »

I asked Emp to send me the link to the tape of the accident yesterday and I watched it very early this morning. Until then I thought the worst harness accidents I ever saw were the accident that killed Billy Haughton and old film of an accident at Roosevelt from 1963 where six horses went down.

After seeing the film this morning, I am not ashamed to admit that some things do make grown men cry. I didnt watch the film because I like wrecks. I wanted to see it because so many times we see races where you get an accident or a single horse falls and afterwards we shake our heads and ask, "How did nobody get hurt?", or "How were the injuries not worse?"

Sadly this is one time where we shake our heads asking, "How could he have died"? More sadl is you see the entire thing on tape, see everything that happened and you still ask. "How?" because there is no good answer other then the horse fell.

There is no need to rehash the tape. If people want to see it, they can. If you choose to watch it, please keep in mind that once it starts, you are watchjing the last 60 seconds or so of a man's life and quite possibly watching two others who may have their lives changed forever because of what happened. Plrease keep them in your thoughts and in your prayers as you watch it.

That said, there are three things that caught my eye in the aftermath.

One was the other drivers. They all saw what happened. You could see Wolfenden looking back and over the entire rest of the way. You could almost tell he knew it was real bad but the lead drivers who did finish all talked and did well to avoid further problems.

Two. I checked the USTA site when I can home tonight. I dont know what they had shown during the morning and afternoon but on the day after a tragedy, couldnt they have had a tribute to Belote as their feature story or even just maybe his picture ? I mean Stephane Bouchard is a good driver with a nice milestone approaching but couldnt they just dedicate it to Belote?

Three and excuse my ignorance on the subject because I am not a horsemen but isnt there some kind of fund, set up either by imdividua; tracks, states or nationally which would help families at a time like this? if not. how does one get started?
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« Reply #55 on: May 16, 2006, 07:33:59 PM »

If he had the Van Gundy insurace for horsemen then his family will have however much he signed up for.

I to watched the video and it looked like maybe he was trapped underneath the horses. Ive had a fellow horseman tell me a story of him being caught beneath the horses. It was not a story that I want to share.

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« Reply #56 on: May 16, 2006, 08:29:50 PM »

Not  to diminish the deceased, but what were the injuries of the other two?  and the horses involved?
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« Reply #57 on: May 16, 2006, 09:54:27 PM »

VC,

According to The Harness Edge, Steve Warrington has facial cuts and torn knee ligaments, Brandon Givens had a compound leg fracture and Brad Hanners was hospitalized with unknown injuries that are believed to not be serious.

Sam Belote (Hal's brother) drove in four races, winning the 14th race tonight.
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« Reply #58 on: May 17, 2006, 12:03:25 AM »


   It sure looks as if his horse just jumped a shadow and then tripped.
I give the track credit for having class enough to close. Lead driver
Wolfenden knew what happened and bad, he was stunned the rest
of the race looking back. I wish his family the best in this hard time.
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« Reply #59 on: May 17, 2006, 08:05:10 PM »


Death shakes drivers
Screams pour from grandstand after accident

By MIKE FINNEY and JACK IRELAND
The News Journal

05/17/2006

HARRINGTON -- It was a sound like nothing Dr. Jay Baldwin had ever heard before at a harness racing track.

Usually, he said, when there is a crash in a harness race, the crowd grows silent and all that is heard is the booming voice of the public address announcer.

However, from inside the paddock at Harrington Raceway on Monday night, all that Baldwin heard during the middle of the first race just after 5:30 p.m. were shrill screams pouring down from the grandstand.
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Baldwin, the track veterinarian, immediately knew something was wrong.

His worst fears were realized just moments later when he arrived on the scene to help paramedics tend to driver Hal Belote, whose horse Atenothnbutdscootr stumbled and fell in the second turn, just after the half-mile mark.

Drivers Steve Warrington and Brandon Givens were right behind Belote at the time of the fall and could not avoid him.

"Hal's horse just went down, and the next thing I knew, I was tumbling over top of all the rest," Givens said. "Horses were spiraling all around me and I was able to crawl away a little bit. I knew right away my leg was broken. I looked toward Hal and Steve, but they both seemed to be unconscious. Neither one said anything. It seemed like it took the ambulance five to 10 minutes to get out there.

"I was screaming and cussing and could feel the pain in my leg."

Belote, 51, was pronounced dead at Milford Memorial Hospital, becoming the first driver to be killed at a harness racing facility in Delaware.

Givens and Warrington were listed in good condition, a spokesperson for Christiana Hospital said Tuesday afternoon.

"I was following Hal, and his horse made a bad step," Warrington said. "Hal hollered 'look out' and he went down within two seconds. I just couldn't have pulled my horse up that fast, but I saw it all happen in front of me."

Warrington said he was concerned about the horse Belote was driving.

"As we got into the turn, I looked at his horse and thought he just doesn't seem to be stepping right," Warrington said. "I was thinking, 'I'll keep an eye on him and maybe if it continues, I'll get out three wide.' I wish I had done that. I just never got the chance. I feel really bad about losing Hal."

Belote was in the lead on the outside as four rows of horses ran side-by-side off the second turn on Monday. That was when Atenothnbutdscootr stumbled and sent the driver onto the track near the outside rail.

Warrington and Givens, tucked right behind Belote's sulky, could not slow down. They both suffered leg injures in the crash.

Givens, a 19-year-old graduate of Seaford High, said he underwent two hours of surgery on Monday night to repair a compound fracture in his right leg.

"I will have pins in my leg for eight weeks and will have a cast put on after that," Givens said. "Of course, I will return to racing."

Givens was driving Build a Fire, a horse trained by his uncle, Charlie Tribbett. Givens said he was sitting last in the eight-horse field on the outside with Belote's horse in front of him.

Belote, of Williamstown, N.J., had won 1,986 races in his career. He earned his first career victory at Harrington in 1977 and eventually became one of the most respected drivers and trainers in the paddock.

Belote came from a family of harness racers. His father, John, died in November at age 74. His brother, Sammy, is also a harness driver and trainer who lives in the Harrington area.

"Actually, I knew Hal as good as I knew everybody else," said Givens. "The older horsemen are like uncles and the young like cousins. [Belote] always wanted to talk about baseball and sports with me. He liked to talk about pitching and how well his son was doing. Hal was a real nice man."

Hugh Gallagher, the administrator for the Delaware Harness Racing Commission, said nothing could have been done to prevent the tragedy. He said all of the drivers involved had on the proper safety helmets and were wearing safety vests.

"It was just a freak -- and unfortunate -- accident," Gallagher said. "Track security did a good job of keeping all of the horsemen away from the accident scene and the track emergency crews did everything they could.

"It was just a bad step at the wrong place at the wrong time."

Gallagher did say that Monday's accident will prompt the commission to review safety procedures at Delaware race tracks.

Gallagher noted that the accident happened in the second turn -- on the opposite side of track from the paddock area. He suggested that one issue to be studied is where emergency response units should be positioned.

Gallagher estimated that emergency responders at Harrington were at the scene on Monday in about three minutes.

Delaware State Police spokesman Cpl. Jeff Oldham said police were investigating the incident as an industrial accident.

Meanwhile, drivers took their horses back onto the track at Harrington Raceway again on Tuesday night, but there was an obvious void.

"It's the worst. I've known Hal most of my life and that makes it real bad," said Warrington. "To all of us who have trained and driven against him, Hal was the most underrated horsemen on the circuit. Everybody liked his dry humor and his smile. I've seen a lot worse accidents and nobody gets hurt. You just never know.

Contact Mike Finney at 734-7945 or mfinney@delawareonline.com
Contact Jack Ireland at 324-2808 or jireland@delawareonline.com

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« Reply #60 on: May 17, 2006, 08:18:07 PM »


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Drivers, trainers, owners and friends of Hal Belote observe a moment of silence before the first race at Harrington on Tuesday.


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Flags flew at half staff Tuesday at Harrington Raceway to pay tribute to driver Hal Belote.

Harrington honors Hal Belote
Brother races day after driver's death

By MIKE FINNEY
The News Journal

05/17/2006

HARRINGTON -- There was something in the air that drew Sammy Belote to the stables at Harrington Raceway on Tuesday.

The harness driver was able to find a little bit of solace in the smell of the hay and comfort in the neighing of the horses.

It was Belote's way of getting closer to his younger brother, Hal Belote, who was killed in an accident during a harness race at Harrington Raceway on Monday night.

But Sammy Belote did not stop there. He raced at Harrington on Tuesday night, because that is what the Belote family has always done. He won the 14th race and had two third-place finishes.

"My father [John Belote] passed away in November, and it's been our lives," Belote said. "We raced through that, both me and Hal.

"It's our job to race these things, just like if somebody works 9 to 5 ... or 8 to 4. This is our job, this is what we choose to do in our life and this is a labor of love."

The track honored Hal Belote before Tuesday night's card with a moment of silence before reading off a biography about the driver. The flags were at half staff around the track and there were misty eyes in the paddock.

"He was a great guy, just a happy guy, a good driver, a good horseman," said Kay Gannon, who trained several horses for Belote. "I've known him for 25 years and he drove for me everywhere.

"It's dangerous, but you never expect that to happen."

Sammy Belote had just arrived at Harrington Raceway on Monday evening when he realized something was not right.

"When I got up outside of the paddock -- it had to be 20 minutes after the race -- people were still standing around," he said. "I had that sixth sense, that feeling that it wasn't good.

"I talked to him [Monday] afternoon. He was excited. He was going to claim a horse, and his horses were starting to race a little better. He was going through a little downside, but he was getting some new horses in."

The news of Hal Belote's death shook the racing community at Harrington. It was the first fatality ever at a Delaware harness racing facility.

"The speeds we go nowadays, and this being a smaller race track [a half-mile], things like this can happen," Sammy Belote said. "We race hard here. We race for good money and we race hard. I just had a bad feeling."

Sammy Belote said it took longer for his younger brother to take an interest in harness racing, but once he got the fever after serving in the Marines, he was hooked.

"He wasn't totally crazy about it like I was," he said. "Then he drove a couple of qualifiers and he said that adrenaline rush just sealed it. He went on and pursued it and made himself into something. He was self-made.

"He beat the road and worked hard. He made a lot of decent race horses out of nothing. He didn't have people coming at him with millions of dollars and buy him high-priced horses; they were rejects and horses he pieced together. I am so proud of him."

The races went on at Harrington Tuesday night, but the drivers still remembered their fallen partner.

They also might have thought just a little bit more about safety.

"We've never had anything like this around here," said driver Eddie Davis. "This sport's not like car racing. You don't have a cage built around you. You're sitting right out there in the open.

"You don't have any seat belts or anything like that. It's far more dangerous than people realize it is."

All of which makes the sport a double-edged sword for the drivers, says Gannon.

"They can't think about the dangers before they race," Gannon said. "If they thought that way, then they couldn't do their job. They have to concentrate on winning."

Contact Mike Finney at 734-7945 or mfinney@delawareonline.com.

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    Thanks emp for always keeping this site updated!
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