FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hialeah Park Closes Out Record-Setting Live Quarter Horse Meet
Total All-Sources Handle For 40-Day Season Tops Out At Nearly $14 Million,
Maxmax and Premier Ethics Score Victories In Final Two Stakes Races Of 2014-15 Meet
Hialeah, FL / March 3, 2015 – Iconic Hialeah Park, known the globe over as “the world’s most beautiful race course,” set a number of wagering records during the sixth season of live Quarter Horse racing, which concluded with a special nine-race program on Tuesday March 3.
With $411,016.82 wagered Tuesday, Hialeah Park ended the 2014-15 season with a total of $13,913,073.27 in all-sources wagering for a daily average of $347,826.83, both new highs for a Quarter Horse meet in South Florida.
Hialeah Park also tallied three half-million dollar all-sources wagering days during the season, first setting a record of $526,120.15 on Monday February 2, shattering that mark with an all-time high of $580,372.83 on Sunday March 1, and finishing with $561,535.40 on Monday March 2.
“It was the effort of many that helped make this meet a success. But, in the end, we must thank the betting public,” said Director of Simulcasting Peter Aiello. “They have really supported us these last couple seasons and we truly appreciate it. We’ve tried to get the message out there that we really do have a very betting-friendly product. Thanks to the support of TVG and the continued support of our simulcast partners nationwide, we have been able to get more eyes watching and betting our races. And, in the end I think that’s what made the difference. We’d certainly like to thank everyone involved for a historic season.”
On the race track closing day, a pair of three-year-olds, Madmax (Foose-Kathryns Cartel) and Premier Ethics (Ethics Aside-Poker Dot Dash), stole the spotlight in winning the final two stakes races of the 2014-15 season.
Madmax, ridden by Yordanis Amaro and trainer by Rolando Almanza for owner Wade Helton, broke alertly, took command early, and finished strongly in the final 200 yards to beat Mr First Down by 1-½ lengths in the $30,000-guaranteed South Florida Quarter Horse Stakes. Madmax stopped the timer in 21.974 seconds for 440 yards.
Premier Ethics, ridden by Osdany Leal and trained by Rogelio Martinez for owner Renata Lopez, turned in one of the most amazing efforts ever seen on any Quarter Horse track in taking the $61,050 Sushine State Derby. After missing the break, spotting her rivals at least two lengths, and running last with 100 yards to go, the filly put on a furious rush and caught Easily Bono at the wire. Premier Ethics was clocked in 19.976 seconds for 400 yards.
Photos by: Coady Photography
FRANK FIORE / VP MARKETING & ENTERTAINMENT
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