Hialeah Park Meet Opens Saturday

The Miami-area track begins its 40-day season with a nine-race program starting at 12:35 (EST).

Q-Racing Journal

Daytona B, pictured here winning the November 7 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1), is one of nine aged sprinters entered in the Bienvenidos de Nuevo Stakes, the feature race on Hialeah Park's opening-day card on Saturday. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

Fans of American Quarter Horse racing will receive a gift the day after Christmas, as Hialeah Park near Miami opens its 40-day meet with an nine-race program on Saturday.

Post time for the first race is 12:35 p.m. (EST).

Hialeah’s opening-day card begins with four 400-yard Hialeah Maturity trials. The featured eighth race, the 330-yard, $25,000 Bienvenido de Nuevo Stakes, has drawn a field of nine aged sprinters, including Gregorio Garcia Garza’s Daytona B, a 4-year-old son of all-time leading sire First Down Dash who will be making his first start since November 7, when he scored a 1 3/4-length victory in the 440-yard, $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Lone Star Park.

A total of 24 stakes will be contested at Hialeah, including six on February 28. According to the Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association, the track will pay $5.6 million in purses during the 10-week meet, or an average of $140,000 per day.

Hialeah Park’s meet runs through Monday, February 29.

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