Hialeah Meet Opens Friday
Track will run a 40-day meet beginning December 26.
December 21, 2014
Live Quarter Horse racing, featuring the runners known as “America’s Fastest Athletes,” returns to Hialeah Park on Friday, December 26, when this iconic venue hosts opening day of the 40-day 2014-15 season.
Entries have been drawn for the first week of racing as the track known the globe over as “the world’s most beautiful race course” moves to a four-day weekly schedule (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday) for the sixth season of live Quarter Horse racing in South Florida.
“Our opening day card came up solid,” said Racing Secretary Matt Crawford, starting his second season at Hialeah Park. “We have 76 horses entered for eight races, with six 10-horse fields and a competitive Bienvenido De Nuevo stakes race at 330 yards.”
“We’ll run eight trials Saturday for the $417,575 Hialeah Derby, four trials Sunday for the $204,715 Hialeah Maturity, and four trials Monday for the $112,910 FQHRA Stallion Stakes Derby,” Crawford added. “After this weekend, we’ll be able to card a variety of overnight races in addition to our scheduled stakes races.”
Crawford noted that “the numbers (on the backside) are good” and that several out-of-state outfits are on hold for stall space as the meet moves ahead. “And some of our loyal barns have more stalls this season,” he said. “Donnie Strickland and Judd Kearl had 25 head here last year. Donnie’s got 44 this season and Judd has 50.”
First post time every racing day during the 2014-15 season, which runs through Monday March 2, 2015, is at 12:35 p.m. ET. As always, Hialeah Park offers free admission and free parking.
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