The owner of South Florida's Hialeah Park for more than 40 years, John Brunetti passed away on Friday at age 87. A long-time racing fan and owner, Brunetti had recently undergone the removal of a cancerous lung and was in failing health, reports drf.com.
Brunetti purchased Hialeah in Park 1977, and his 40 years of ownership has been punctuated with the waves of Florida's deregulation of racing dates and the state expansion of gambling. He battled for prime winter racing dates with Gulfstream Park until Brunetti shut his track down in 2001; Hialeah was reopened to Quarter Horse racing in 2009 with the installation of slot machines.
The owner's Red Oak Stable currently owns Grade 3 winner Unbridled Mo with trainer Todd Pletcher, and, according to Equibase, also raced millionaire and Grade 1 winner Sweet Return in the early 2000s.
Read more at drf.com.
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