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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

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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 #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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