Sorrow fell heavily on Plainridge Racecourse on Monday as word spread of the Sunday night truck crash which killed veteran harness driver-trainer David Marshall, who was a regular among the Plainridge horsemen.
Just 62, Mr. Marshall was en route Sunday night to Monticello, N.Y., when he was involved in a highway crash. Details as to just where the accident occurred were not available.
Prior to Monday's first post, a contingent of some 100 horsemen, track officials and staff gathered near the infield toteboard to pay homage to their fallen comrade. Mr. Marshall was scheduled to drive in several races on the program.
John DeFiore, head of mutuels made the announcement to the crowd of the tragedy and moments of slience and prayer followed.
Gary Piontkowski, the track's COO,had this to say. "I've known him for 25 years and I never saw him without a smile on his face. He would do anything for you. I'll miss him a lot. A sweetheart of a guy. He always made me laugh."
Race Secretary Paul Verrette said Mr. Marshall, who comes from a racing family from Mapleville, R.I., had eight or nine horses stabled at Plainridge. "Dave was an all-around good guy. Easy going."
Funeral arrangements are not yet available.