FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Live Quarter Horse Racing Season Opens Friday December 26
Entries Drawn For First Four Days, 40-Day Meet Features Racing Four Afternoons Weekly
Hialeah, FL / December 22, 2014 – Live Quarter Horse racing, featuring the runners known as “America’s Fastest Athletes,” returns to Hialeah Park on Friday December 26, 2014 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 6th 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 8 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 $200,000 Hialeah Derby, four trials Sunday for the $100,000 Hialeah Maturity, and four trials Monday for the $50,000 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 PM ET. As always, Hialeah Park offers free admission and free parking.
Hialeah Park Racing & Casino, with entrances at 100 East 32nd Street and 2200 East 4th Avenue, is easily accessible from all major Miami highways and conveniently located just minutes by car from Miami International Airport, South Beach, Downtown Miami, Coral Gables, and Doral.
FRANK FIORE / VP MARKETING & ENTERTAINMENT
Hialeah Park –“The World’s Most Beautiful Race Course”– is one of Miami’s most iconic destinations. For more information, please call 305-885-8000 or visit www.hialeahpark.com.