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Hialeah to Offer Rich Stakes Schedule

Hialeah's 40-day meet opens November 29.

June 12, 2013

Hialeah Park

As a result of suggestions to improve racing at Hialeah Park, the track has made some modifications to its upcoming meet.

The Miami-area racetrack will conduct its 2013-14 race meet from November 29 through February 23, racing on Friday-Saturday-Sunday each week, plus two holiday weekends.

The revised stakes schedule will allow more horsemen to compete for higher purses. In addition, both overnight and stakes races will include longer races and more accredited Florida-bred races. Hialeah has also revised its house rules to incorporate the RCI Schedule of Controlled Substances to bring Florida in line with the uniform medication policy advancing around the country.

The 27 stakes races set will be worth approximately $1.2 million, and the overnight races worth approximately $100,000 per day.

Leading the stakes schedule is the $500,000-est. Hialeah Futurity, a 440-yard contest for 2-year-olds that offers $200,000 in added money.

“This will be a ‘signature race’ not unlike The Flamingo Stakes was for Thoroughbred racing, something that both horsemen and patrons can identify with Hialeah Park,” said Hialeah Park Chairman of the Board, John Brunetti. “This new race is to indicate that Hialeah Park is a serious entity and is looking to establish a position of prominence in North American Quarter Horse racing.”

Also of note is the purse for trial races for the Hialeah Futurity, Hialeah Derby and South Florida Derby, worth $15,000 each. The FQHRA Stallion Stakes will offer trial purses of $12,000.

Also new to the race program will be the Hialeah Marathon Series, which will link the 550-yard Orange Blossom, the 550-yard Crystal River, the 660-yard Moonstone, the 1,000-yard Key West, and the 1,000-yard Sailfish Stakes. The top five point-earning horses competing in this series will share in the $20,000 participation bonus.

Additionally, the Hialeah Invitational Championship has been renamed and is now the Sam Abbey Memorial Invitational Championship. Abbey, the longtime Director of Racing at Hialeah Park, was killed in an automobile accident after the close of the 2012-13 meet. He had spent much of his 43-year career overseeing the racing operations at Hialeah, which had always been his favorite racecourse. The purse for the Sam Abbey will be $100,000 guaranteed.

The 2013-14 racing meet will be the fifth consecutive season of live Quarter Horse racing at the historic track since it reopened in 2009 to a crowd of over 25,000. The Hialeah Park product will remain a great value for horseplayers, featuring an industry low 12 percent takeout on Pick 3 and Pick 4 wagers. Parking and admission every day will remain free.

For more information on the meet or stakes nominations, visit the Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association's website.