Fatal Accident At Belmont
Two race horses collided in an accident that horse trainers and riders didn't see in what is being called "a freak accident" by racing enthusiasts and Belmont Racetrack watchers this past Saturday.
Six Drivers, a New York-bred racehorse and Caixa Eletronica died during morning workouts at Belmont. Six Drivers threw exercise rider Julio Pezua, and galloped toward Caixa Eletronica. In a moment where track workers described as "a horse bolting" Six Drivers threw his rider and galloped off in the opposite direction at a high speed.
Six Drivers crashed into Caixa Eletronica and both died instantly as a result of the head on collision. Veterinarian Dr. Anthony Verderosa who serves as the chief examining vet for NYRA pronounced the horses dead at the track at approximately 8am. Six Drivers suffered a fractured neck, Caixa Eletronica a fractured skull.
Byron Hughes, Pletcher's New York assistant, said Castro's wife told him that her husband suffered a fractured pelvis and needed reconstructive facial surgery. Pezua was unhurt, according to Manny Gonzalez, assistant to Six Drivers' trainer, Chris Englehart.
Neither Hughes nor Gonzalez saw the accident, which clocker Stephen Foster said occurred about 30 seconds after Six Drivers ran off.
Racing fans have expressed shock over the accident and are expressing great concern over the horses and riders. Mike Repole, the owner of Caixia Electronica said in a statement: "This is a horrible day for racing. When you hear it is Caixia Electronica it is only magnified. For him to pass away like this makes no sense."