Hialeah Stall Requests Reach Nearly 1,200

The south Florida track's 40-day American Quarter Horse meet opens December 26.

Press release

Hialeah Park's winter American Quarter Horse meet runs December 26-February 29.

Hialeah Park racing secretary Mike Anifantis has received nearly 1,200 stall requests for the track’s 40-day winter American Quarter Horse meet, which opens December 26.

“There has been a tremendous response to the Quarter Horse meet at Hialeah,” said Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association president Dr. Steve Fisch. “Several trainers have indicated to us that they did not get the number of stalls they requested. I spoke with Mike, and in the next few days he plans to call anyone who received a letter granting stalls to them but haven’t yet confirmed that they still want the stalls they were allotted.

“At that time, there should be some cancellations, and additional stalls will be granted to trainers who have made it known that they want additional stalls,” he added. “On average, about 33 percent of the stalls applied for are not used by the original applicant.”

Dr. Fisch said that any trainers requesting additional stalls can call Anifantis next week at (305) 885-8000, ext. 7501.

“Hopefully, the increased number of stall applications is due to the fact that Florida has adopted the ARCI model medication rules, along with the fact that Florida has some of the best purses in the country,” Dr. Fisch said. “Those purses include the $500,000-est. Hialeah Derby and the $200,000-guaranteed Sunshine State Derby, which is restricted to accredited Florida-breds.”

Purses are expected to average $140,000 per day for the Hialeah Park meet, which runs through February 29.

For more information, contact the FQHRA at (850) 345-3777.

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