Hialeah Park

MINOR FILES CLASS-ACTION SUIT AGAINST SOTHEBY’S

By Ray PaulickHalsey Minor, the technology entrepreneur and Thoroughbred owner and breeder whose bid to purchase Hialeah Park was recently rebuffed by owner John Brunetti, has filed a class-action lawsuit against the auction company Sotheby’s for transparency and disclosure issues that may parallel those in the Thoroughbred auction business. Minor, 43, was sued by the […]

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MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: HIALEAH — A MORTAL LOCK

By Ray Paulick Best unintentionally funny line of the week came from John Brunetti, the owner of Hialeah Park. Discussing a conversation he had with Halsey Minor about the technology wizard’s interest in buying and reviving the shuttered South Florida racetrack, Brunetti was quoted in a trade publication as saying: “I have told […]

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MEETINGS WITH BRUNETTI ABOUT HIALEAH CALLED ‘PRODUCTIVE’

By Ray Paulick Meetings between Hialeah Park owner John Brunetti and a team of advisers representing track suitor Halsey Minor were held last Thursday in South Florida and described as “productive” by individuals involved. Minor, a Virginia-based owner and breeder and  the Internet entrepreneur who founded and later sold the technology Web […]

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MINOR TAKES ON MAGNA

By Ray Paulick While CNET founder Halsey Minor continues his efforts to purchase Hialeah Park from current owner John Brunetti, he also has contacted financially troubled Magna Entertainment about the possible sale of Santa Anita Park near Los Angeles and the company’s two Maryland Jockey Club tracks, Pimlico and Laurel. But after speaking with […]

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MINOR MEETING BRUNETTI

By Ray Paulick Internet entrepreneur Halsey Minor is scheduled to meet with Hialeah Park owner John Brunetti this morning at  11 a.m. to discuss Minor’s interest in acquiring and renovating Hialeah Park, the grande dame of American racing that has been dormant since running its last race May 22, 2001. The meeting will take […]

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MINOR OPTIMISTIC ON HIALEAH

By Ray Paulick John Brunetti gave Halsey Minor an extensive tour of Hialeah Park, the racetrack Brunetti bought 30 years ago, and the two men then held extensive discussions about what it would take to have the South Florida track reopened after being shuttered since May 22, 2001.  The meeting – the first […]

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THE WEEK THAT WAS: AUG. 3-9

By Ray Paulick It was a week of good news all around: Big Brown comes back from his Belmont debacle with a victory in the Haskell, Curlin plots his next move (in the Woodward), the select yearling sales at Saratoga held their own, and the movement to ban steroids gained momentum thanks to the Breeders’ […]

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THE WEEK THAT WAS: JULY 20-27

By Ray Paulick Saratoga opens, and so do the skies. That sums up the first several days of the upstate New York Spa’s business, which is not good news for a bankrupt organization that says it will need more bailout money from the state sometime in the next couple of months. Heavy rains […]

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DEAR JOHN…AN OPEN LETTER TO JOHN BRUNETTI

Dear John, Are you nuts? I mean, seriously, how do you want your legacy to read? John J. Brunetti, the savior of Hialeah Park, the man who fought the establishment for years after buying the South Florida track in 1977, resisted the temptation to sell the historic grande dame of racing to developers, and […]

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