Florida Honors State-Bred Winners

Florida year-end awards.

April 3, 2013

Hialeah Park

With the closing of Hialeah's Quarter Horse meet, a number of entities earned year-end awards for the Florida-bred program, hosted by the Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association.

Alicia Hill Smith was the state's champion owner, earning $16,086.20 in owner awards. She also earned $3,931.32 in breeder awards, bringing her Florida-bred award money to $20,017.52.

Bill McKibbin was the state's champion breeder, earning $12,243.21.

Additionally, the champion Florida stallion was First Down Straw, who has earned the award with each of his three crops to race. The Strawfly Special stallion is owned by Linda McCleery and Chantelle Bourgeois of Ontario, Canada.

Hialeah Park hosted 30 days of racing during its fourth meet since 2009. The meet, which closed February 17, paid purses averaging $120,000 per day.

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.