Hialeah to Open Nov. 28

Hialeah meet opens December 15, barn area to open on Wednesday.

November 27, 2012

Hialeah Park

The barn area at Hialeah Park was originally scheduled to open to horsemen Saturday, December 1. In order to accommodate the horsemen with several loads of horses coming in, Hialeah has agreed to move the barn area opening date to Wednesday, November 28.

For more information, please call the Hialeah Park racing office at 305-885-8000, extension 410.

The meet – Hialeah’s fourth since 2009 – will have 30 days of Quarter Horse racing, with eight races on each of three days of racing for 10 weeks and purses averaging $120,000 per day. The meet begins December 15.

The meet marks Hialeah’s first major stakes restricted to accredited Florida-breds, the $30,000-added Sunshine State Derby for foals of 2010. The Sunshine State Derby will be February 16, 2013, with trials January 25. In 2015, the track will conduct the $200,000-guaranteed Sunshine State Futurity for accredited Florida-bred foals of 2013.

There are three $100,000-added stakes and one $50,000 stakes this December. In addition to the Sunshine Derby, Hialeah in February will have a $100,000-added stakes and the $75,000-guaranteed Hialeah Invitational Championship. As in previous seasons, there also will be multiple overnight stakes.

For owners and breeders at the upcoming meet, accredited Florida-breds will earn 20 percent more purse money than open horses, and 50 percent of the races will be accredited Florida-breds preferred.

FQHRA was organized in 2005. According to the organization’s agreement with Hialeah, the meets in 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 each will comprise 40 days of racing over 10 weeks, with purses of $140,000 per day. According to track owner and general manager John Brunetti, Hialeah’s casinos should be in operation by June 2013.

“We want people to know that Hialeah is right on track where it’s supposed to be,” said FQHRA President Dr. Steve Fisch, who owns AVS Equine Hospital in Tallahassee. “Purses are going up next year. We’ve got this year and three more years of the contract after this year.”