05/15/2006 11:00PM

Harness driver dies in race spill


Harold Belote, a 51-year-old harness driver, was killed at Harrington Raceway in Delaware on Monday as the result of a three-horse accident in the first race, according to the racetrack.

Belote, who was also a trainer, was pronounced dead while en route to the hospital approximately 45 minutes after the horse he was driving, Atenothnbutdscootr, fell just past the half-mile pole, causing a three-horse pileup with two other horses in the race.

Two other drivers, Brandon Givens and Steve Warrington, were injured in the race. Givens sustained a compound fracture of his leg, and Warrington was being treated for torn ligaments in his knee and facial lacerations.

After the accident, Harrington canceled the rest of the Monday card.

Belote had won 1,986 races over his career and earned purses in excess of $11 million.