02/27/2012 12:24PM

Hialeah: Mulling Thoroughbred dates for 2013

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Hialeah Park in Florida is considering an amendment to its dates application that would ask state regulators to approve Thoroughbred racing dates in April, 2013, the track’s general manager said on Monday.

Hialeah’s current dates applications calls for 30 Quarter Horse racing dates from Dec. 15, 2012, to Feb. 17, 2013, according to paperwork filed with the state Division of Pari-Mutuel Racing. Amendments to the racing applications are due Tuesday, and Hialeah Park General Manager Randall Soth said on Monday morning that Hialeah’s chairman, John J. Brunetti, remains undecided on whether to ask for the April dates.

“Right now we’ve only applied for the Quarter Horse dates,” Soth said. “That’s not to say something might happen between now and tomorrow.”

Hialeah Park re-opened in December, 2010, after the track received approval to operate a casino at the track. The track, which was once part of a three-track Thoroughbred circuit in Florida, would likely face a stiff challenge from Gulfstream Park and Calder Race Course if it sought the April dates. Under an agreement between the two tracks reached last year, Gulfstream runs from December until early April, with Calder running the remainder of the year.

The division of pari-mutuel wagering is required to issue licenses by March 15, according to Sandi Copes Poreda, a spokesperson for the division.

Rick Marciniak More than 1 year ago
Hialeah "should" do something like Keeneland's model of a spring/fall meet. Have bigger purses than the norm and hopefully it will attract big names and top trainers, but not having any thoroughbred races in a long time will hurt Hialeah in the short term in regards to Graded Races and that's something they will need to work on.
juliuso More than 1 year ago
With such a rich history of racing, Everyone should be embracing the return of thoroughbreds to Hialeah. It is such a beautiful track, with great access and superb facilities. Not only should they get the thoroughbreds back, but it would be a perfect site for a permanent Breeders Cup location.
mike More than 1 year ago
do like nyra-have 3 tracks-Gulf runs dec-april/hia april-may/calder may-dec/everyone eats