Keyword: Hialeah Park

  • Hialeah Park is one of the tracks that will benefit from the Florida Bill.

    A 'Done Deal' to Help Florida Tracks

    The Florida Legislature passed a bill with long-sought benefits for Thoroughbred racetracks, including tax breaks, more slot machines, and extended poker room hours. The governor is expected to sign the bill into law.

  • Crist, Seminoles Agree to Compact

    Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and leaders of the Seminole Tribe of Florida said April 6 that they have agreed to a Gaming Compact for the Seminoles' seven casinos in the state.

  • Quarter horses running at Hialeah.

    Hialeah's QH Meet Ends With Mixed Results

    Hialeah Park ended its first Quarter Horse meet Feb. 3, with track owner and chairman John Brunetti Sr. saying it will be up to Florida's politicians to determine whether the track will hold another meet.

  • Hialeah Park Seeks to Meet Purse Guarantee

    Hialeah Park is entering the final two weeks of its first Quarter Horse meet with pari-mutuel handle owner John Brunetti calls "a disappointment," and with a need to catch up on its guarantee of $4 million in purses.

  • Hialeah is running its initial Quarter Horse meet of 40 race days through Feb. 2, 2010.

    Stalled Florida Law Puts Tracks on Standby

    Florida's Thoroughbred industry will enter 2010 without the expanded racing, other gaming, and tax breaks it thought it had gained during this year's session of the state legislature.

  • Opening ceremonies at Hialeah; left: John Brunetti, right: Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina

    Overflow Crowd Ushers in Hialeah Park Meet

    Hialeah Park opened its Quarter Horse meet on Nov. 28 before an overflow crowd that track officials estimated at 26,874, based on turnstile counts at one of the entrances and the number of cars in parking lots.

  • Ken Dunn

    Dunn Joins Gulfstream Management Team

    Ken Dunn, formerly of Calder Casino & Race Course, has joined the Gulfstream Park management team, the South Florida racetrack announced Nov. 2.

  • Hialeah Still Awaiting Approval for Dates

    Hialeah Park has set Nov. 14 as the date for the start of arrival of Quarter Horses for a 40-day meet it plans to run beginning Nov. 28. But as of Oct. 22, the Hialeah, Fla., track was still waiting for the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering to approve its application for racing dates.

  • Hialeah Starts Clearing the Way for Racing

    Unlike a year ago at this time, you can stand at the rail at Hialeah Park and see the lake in the infield and the familiar flamingos. You also are next to the dirt track that Hialeah Park president and owner John J. Brunetti says could be ready for Quarter Horses before mid-October.

  • Hialeah Park Files Applications for Meets

    Hialeah Park has filed applications for Quarter Horse racing dates, telling the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering it plans to run a 20-day meet late this year and another 20-day meet early in 2010.

  • Hialeah Plans Quarter Horse Meet for 2009-10

    The Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association and Hialeah Park announced Sept. 4 that the Hialeah, Fla., track will hold its first Quarter Horse meet from Nov. 28, 2009 through Feb. 2, 2010. However, Hialeah Park had not applied for those dates or any other Quarter Horse race dates as of Sept. 4, said Alexis Lambert, a spokeswoman for the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering.

  • Florida Gaming Compact Signed; May Change

    Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and the Seminole Tribe of Florida signed a gaming compact Aug. 31 that has some significant changes from a gaming law Crist and the Florida legislature approved earlier this year.

  • Deadline Looms for Florida Gaming

    Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and the Seminole Tribe of Florida are nearing their Aug. 31 deadline to approve a Gaming Compact, which would trigger a new law that would provide economic benefits for the state's Thoroughbred industry and for that tribe's casinos.

  • Deadline Approaches on Florida Gaming Issues

    The Florida Legislature will end its annual regular session May 1, and as of April 28 the House and Senate had not resolved major gaming issues including whether the Seminole Tribe of Florida should be able to keep blackjack and baccarat tables at its casinos.

  • The Hialeah Walking Ring, circa 1965.

    Owner: Legislation Key to 'New' Hialeah

    Hialeah Park probably will begin Quarter Horse racing in 2010 only if the Florida Legislature makes three major changes in state racing laws, the track's owner John Brunetti said April 15.

  • Halsey Minor

    Minor Files Suit Over Hialeah

    Technology entrepreneur Halsey Minor on Feb. 9 filed a civil suit that maintains John Brunetti, by not holding racing at Hialeah Park since 2001, is in default on agreements under which he purchased the historic race track.

  • The Hialeah walking ring in 1965.

    Minor Active in Pursuit of Hialeah Park

    Prospective Hialeah Park buyer Halsey Minor has sent consultants and accountants to examine the closed racetrack, and Minor and Hialeah owner John Brunetti say they are planning more talks on a possible sale.

  • Hialeah's Brunetti Meets With Minor

    Hialeah Park owner John Brunetti and prospective buyer Halsey Minor held their first meeting Aug. 6, with Brunetti later saying "we will have another meeting to see if our common interests are strong enough to continue going forward."

  • The Walking Ring at Hialeah in 1965.

    Hialeah Redux: Beyond Brunetti, Minor

    Hialeah Park owner John Brunetti is looking forward to meeting with prospective buyer Halsey Minor about what he calls multiple "hurdles" to returning racing to the historic track that last held a meet in 2001.

  • Brunetti: Minor 'Well-Intentioned'

    John Brunetti, the owner of Hialeah Park, said he has spoken "briefly" to Halsey Minor about the technology entrepreneur's dream to buy and reopen the South Florida track. But even though the two men have agreed to talk again in early August, Brunetti told Minor he "isn't really interested in selling yet" because he still hopes to resurrect Hialeah himself.

  • Minor's Dream: Resurrect Hialeah Park

    Halsey Minor has a dream. The technology entrepreneur, multimillionaire, and Thoroughbred owner wants to purchase, renovate, and return racing to historic Hialeah Park, the Southern Florida track that has been closed since 2001.

  • Palm Meadows Expects to Open in November

    Magna Entertainment's Palm Meadows, a Thoroughbred training center designed to relieve the stall shortage in South Florida, will be ready for equine residents this winter but dormitories for employees may not be ready.

  • Florida Bill Would Give Hialeah Unopposed Dates

    Legislation that would mandate three distinct seasons of Thoroughbred racing in South Florida has been introduced in the House by Rep. Rene Garcia, whose district includes Hialeah Park. Another bill introduced by Garcia calls for statutory changes related to racing dates.

  • West Coast Race Fields Improve as Gulfstream Park Feels Slump

    While California has worried about declining field sizes for about two years, Santa Anita Park has created hope this year by attracting 20% more starters per race in its first two weeks. On the East Coast, however, average field size has gone from boom to bust. Gulfstream Park came out of its 2001 season with an 8.2% increase in average starters per race, but this year field size lagged 18% during the first week of racing.

  • Hialeah's John J. Brunetti.

    Hialeah Wants Help to Support On-Site Training

    Hialeah Park owner John Brunetti has asked six organizations to each contribute $270,000 toward the cost of keeping the facility open for winter training. If they don't, Brunetti apparently will pull the plug on an endeavor that began only weeks ago.

  • Churchill, Others Seek Payments from Hialeah

    Churchill Downs Inc. has filed a lawsuit in Miami-Dade, Fla., Circuit Court alleging that Hialeah Park has failed to make payments of approximately $185,000 in simulcast fees. Meanwhile, a North Dakota wagering company and South Florida horsemen also are seeking money from the racetrack.

  • Transfer of Funds Settles Florida Dispute

    A transfer of about $650,000 in funds to Calder Race Course on June 12 has ended a dispute between Florida horsemen and Hialeah Park. The funds represent all but $57,000 -- the total of accounts with negative balances -- that remained in horsemen's accounts as of the May 22 closing of Hialeah.

  • Horsemen Remain at Odds With Hialeah Park

    Though Hialeah Park transferred $585,000 of the remaining $1.3 million held in horsemen's accounts to Calder Race Course on June 6, Florida horsemen remain dissatisfied both with Hialeah's failure to transfer the entirety of the balance as well as the track's under-funding of the account.

  • Horsemen Want Hialeah to Forward Funds

    Directors of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association have instructed their attorney to draft a formal letter of complaint to the State of Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering requesting that Hialeah Park's permit be pulled.

  • Tuesday May Have Been Hialeah's Swan Song

    The doors closed Tuesday on Hialeah Park's 75th -- and possibly its last – live racing meet. With legislation set to take effect on June 30 that discontinues the historic track's exclusive hold on spring racing dates, even the normally optimistic chairman of the board John J. Brunetti was forced to admit the likelihood that Hialeah has hosted its last live race. "By now you have heard that Hialeah Park will probably end its racing career with our last racing day, May 22," he wrote in an open letter printed in the track program, "This is sad, but true."