Keyword: John Brunetti

  • Keeping Pace by Frank Angst

    Recent Hialeah Park Meet Sends Wrong Chills

    This year Hialeah offered a much different race meet, racing not recognized by the AQHA or reported by Equibase. For many, this meet created chills of concern as Hialeah rolled out a series of races to meet its minimum state racing requirements.

  • Unbridled Mo prevails in the Doubledogdare Stakes

    Unbridled Mo Finds More in Doubledogdare Stakes

    After making her connections sweat, Unbridled Mo allowed them to celebrate as the 4-year-old bay filly turned back Power of Snunner in the lane en route to taking the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes (G3) by three-quarters of a length.

  • Stand and Salute and Russell Baze take the Gold Rush Stakes.

    Baze, Hollendorfer Team for Gold Rush Win

    Northern California stalwarts Jerry Hollendorfer and Russell Baze teamed up once again in the Gold Rush Stakes for 2-year-olds at Golden Gate Fields Dec. 6, when Stand and Salute held off Kentucky invader Broughton Kitten.

  • Racing at Hialeah Park

    Hialeah Sees New Thoroughbred Opportunity

    Hialeah Park owner John Brunetti remains determined to bring Thoroughbreds back to his famous racetrack in Hialeah, Fla., and is hoping to stage a comeback with his one-time nemesis Gulfstream Park.

  • Hialeah Schedule Raises Ire of QH Group

    Hialeah Park has set its schedule for its next season, with a Quarter Horse-only meet of 40 days from Dec. 26, 2014 through March 2, 2015. It will conduct racing Fridays through Mondays throughout that period.

  • Hialeah Purse Lawsuit Heads to Arbitration

    In a civil suit filed Nov. 26 in a state court in Miami, Hialeah Park is seeking to take control of administration of its purse account from the Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association.

  • Hialeah Park

    Hialeah May Push for Thoroughbred License

    Hialeah Park has begun its fifth consecutive Quarter Horse racing season and is preparing for a year in which it might have its biggest chance yet to regain a Thoroughbred racing license.

  • My Pal Chrisy wins the 2012 Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap.

    Calder, Gulfstream Fail to Resolve Date Fight

    Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course apparently have failed to strike a deal on racing dates, meaning they could race head-to-head on all Saturdays and Sundays during the year beginning July 1.

  • Hialeah Park

    Hialeah Keeps Thoroughbred Options Open

    Hialeah Park will hold its next Quarter Horse meet beginning Dec. 13, 2013. But owner John Brunetti said Jan. 3 his track might amend its racing dates filing and hold some Thoroughbred races as well.

  • Gulfstream Park

    Gulfstream Files to Race Year-Round

    Gulfstream Park's preliminary filing for racing dates shows it plans to have racing every week, in some cases just on Saturdays and Sundays, with a total of 153 race days during the 12 months beginning July 1.

  • Gulfstream Park

    Gulfstream Proposes Year-Round Racing

    Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course have started the annual process of picking racing dates, with Gulfstream stirring up yet another dispute by saying it plans to expand its four-month schedule.

  • Calder

    Calder Hoping for Strong, Peaceful 2012

    As Calder Casino & Race Course officials prepare for the racetrack's 2012 season, they hope its early schedule will attract local horsemen, as well as some from northern states.

  • Foes Plan Appeal on Hialeah Casino Suit

    Three southeast Florida pari-mutuels are asking the Supreme Court of Florida to consider a review of a lower court's decision that authorizes Hialeah Park to have a casino with Las Vegas-style slot machines.

  • Hialeah Park

    Hialeah Hires Former Gulfstream President

    Hialeah Park has hired Steve Calabro, a former Gulfstream Park president, for its new position of director of gaming, and believes the courts will uphold its plans to open a casino with slots and a poker room.

  • Despite Suits, Hialeah Moves on Slots Parlor

    Hialeah Park is moving ahead with plans to build a casino even though three other southeast Florida pari-mutuel outlets are continuing with a lawsuit that challenges its legal right to have slot machines.

  • Hialeah

    Court Upholds Hialeah Provision in 2010 Law

    A state court in Tallahassee, Fla., Nov. 22 ruled in favor of Hialeah Park on one count of a lawsuit that challenges its legal right to build a casino with Las Vegas-style slot machines.

  • Hialeah

    Hialeah's 2010-2011 Dates Approved

    The Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering has approved Hialeah Park's request to hold its 2010-2011 Quarter Horse meet from Dec. 3, 2010 through Jan. 23, 2011.

  • Hialeah Seeks Later Start for Meet

    Hialeah Park is seeking a later start for its 2010-2011 Quarter Horse meet, and says it has "reached a formal agreement" with the Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association for six racing seasons through 2015-2016.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Star Guitar is seeking to become the third Thoroughbred in history to win three times on a Louisiana Champions Day program in New Orleans.

    Star Guitar, Others Seek Louisiana Repeats

    Brittlyn Stable's Star Guitar is seeking to become the third Thoroughbred in history to win three times on a Louisiana Champions Day program in New Orleans when he goes forward in the Louisiana Champions Day Classic.

  • Opening ceremonies at Hialeah on Nov. 28; left: John Brunetti, right: Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina

    Hialeah Asks to Run Thoroughbreds

    Hialeah Park is seeking to run Thoroughbred races during its Quarter Horse meeting, according to a letter Hialeah owner John Brunetti sent to Gulfstream Park and Calder Race Course.

  • Preparations continue to resume racing at Hialeah on November 28.

    Hialeah Readies to Break from Gate Nov. 28

    Driving into the parking lot at Hialeah Park Nov. 23, one could see a large satellite dish that was not there several weeks ago and a Teleview Racing Patrol truck. There were also several dozen cars in the lot. Those were the first clear signs that racing will indeed resume Nov. 28 at the historic Hialeah, Fla., track.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.