Date June 17, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HIALEAH, Fla., (June 17, 2013) – Hialeah Park, in conjunction with the Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association, has hired Matt Crawford as the track’s new racing secretary, just in time for the 2013-14 live racing season.
A native of Arlington, Texas, Crawford has built his career around Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing. After several years assisting Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred trainer Gene Tefertiller, Crawford took out his trainer’s license and conditioned both breeds in Louisiana and California through the 1980s and early 1990s. In his time on the backstretch, Crawford campaigned Big Sturgeon, stakes winner of nine races and Louisiana Downs Horse of the Meet, Champion Older Horse, and Champion Grass Horse.
Crawford then spent almost a decade as a horse identifier at Lone Star Park and Fasig-Tipton Company, as well as the assistant racing secretary at Louisiana Downs before becoming the assistant racing secretary at Lone Star.
“FQHRA and all its horsemen are very pleased with the selection of Matt Crawford as Hialeah’s racing secretary,” said Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association president Dr. Steve Fisch. “Matt has indicated that he is dedicated to insuring the enforcement of the highest standards at Hialeah. He has a lot of good experience as a trainer and in the racing office that make him an excellent choice for the job. We look forward to the upcoming race meet as we work with Matt and Hialeah management to make 2013/2014 the best meet ever.”
Employees and patrons of Hialeah Park were saddened by the sudden passing of Sam Abbey, former Director of Racing at the track, following an automobile accident just after last year’s meet. The Hialeah Park Invitational has since been renamed in his honor.
“Hialeah was awarded some additional days [this meet], so I’m looking forward to writing a good book and building the horseman population every year,” said Crawford. “Being a former trainer, you kind of know what the horsemen want and their needs. I think it’s beneficial to have that experience. You’ve got to look out for the horsemen. They’re a big part of it.”
“We are pleased to have such a recommended and respected individual as Matt,” said Hialeah Park Chairman of the Board John Brunetti. “His knowledge and relationships with horsemen should enable him to recruit additional quality stables to our facility, which will aid Hialeah Park in becoming one of the premier Quarter Horse racing venues in North America.”
The live racing season will commence on Friday, November 29 and will continue with Friday through Sunday racing until February 23, with additional Monday cards on February 17 and January 20.