Hialeah Park

Longtime Florida Trainer Rene Mendez Dies At 84

Former Florida-based trainer Rene E. Mendez passed away on Saturday, Sept. 7 in Daytona Beach, FL. He was 84 years old. Mendez, a Cuban-born jockey in the 1950s, later was an exercise rider for a number of East Coast trainers in the 1960s before becoming a trainer himself in 1975. With his wife Janet Mendez […]

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How Did We Get Here? A Look Back At Breeze Show History

It’s a question our readers ask every time the leaders list is published following a 2-year-olds in training under tack show. It’s also a question some in the bloodstock world have been asking themselves in the past couple of decades, as furlong times get faster and faster. The obvious answer is that speed (like sex […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Editorial, A Climax Stallion: A Return To Hialeah Glory?

The word this week out of Florida shouldn’t be all that surprising considering the bizarre nature of the state’s racing regulations and loopholes. Churchill Downs Inc., has obtained a jai alai permit for Calder Racecourse, the racetrack currently being leased to the Stronach Group as Gulfstream Park West. Why would the owner and operator of […]

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Hialeah Owner Brunetti Passes At Age 87

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 […]

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Una Burla Al Deporte Hípico En Hialeah: La Culpa Es Del Estado, No Del Propietario

NOTA: Hemos decidido traducir para esta sección un revelador artículo del día 20 de Junio publicado por nuestro editor Ray Paulick luego de que hiciera una visita reciente al emblemático hipódromo de Hialeah. Lo que leerán (y verán) a continuación representa la triste realidad de lo que otrora fuera una de las plazas más importantes […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The 158th Queen’s Plate: Hialeah Hope, Royal Attraction?

Hialeah Park was once one of the most elegant venues of Thoroughbred racing in the country. The physical facility remains gorgeous inside and out, but the racing product has deteriorated — boiling it down — to a series of match races between 15-year-old Quarter Horses going 100 yards. In this edition of The Friday Show, […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Blame State, Not Brunetti, For Mockery Of The Sport At Hialeah

I visited Hialeah Park for the first time nearly 30 years ago, on Dec. 26, 1987. Though I’d been cautioned that the grande dame of South Florida racing was not what she once was – that the war track owner John Brunetti had lost to Gulfstream Park over the prime winter dates had taken its […]

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Hialeah Opens Meeting To Roughly A Dozen Spectators

Hialeah Park, former showcase of Thoroughbred stars Citation and Seattle Slew opened its current meeting May 31 to an audience of about a dozen people. According to a report in The Blood-Horse, the current Quarter Horse meeting is comprised of match races in which the horses break from gates with no doors and start without a […]

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Florida’s ‘Sham’ Continues: ‘Fake’ Horse Racing On Its Way To Hialeah Park

Tired of hearing about “fake” news? Well, for a change of pace, get ready for some “fake” horse racing at Hialeah Park, a South Florida track that once was synonymous with class and elegance in Thoroughbred racing. Hialeah Park’s automated phone answering machine says “the world’s most beautiful race course is now also a state […]

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When Is A Horsemen’s Organization Not Really A Horsemen’s Organization?

Traditional horsemen’s organizations, along with the spirit of the Interstate Horseracing Act of 1978 – which gives horse owners approval rights on the export of simulcast signals – are under fire in two states, Massachusetts and Florida. Last week, United States District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor dismissed a lawsuit filed by the New England […]

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