Hialeah Racing

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The great attractions of Florida may seem obvious. There is the Everglades, NASA Space Centre, and of course Walt Disney World Resort. Step back in time however and there was only one name synonymous with leisure and recreation in Florida and that was Hialeah Park. In 1925 Hialeah racing was launched to the public within an incredible leisure facility in the city of Hialeah, Miami-Dade County.

Hialeah Racing, inside rail After a re-launch in 1938 it became what was readily described as the most beautiful racetrack in the world. Designated a National Historic Landmark, Hialeah Park has been reopened once more as part of a huge development program to provide an unforgettable horseracing and leisure experience to a whole new generation.

When Hialeah Park officially opened in 1938 it became defined not by the new grandstand, the stunning Renaissance Revival Clubhouse, or the beautiful landscaped gardens but by the wildlife. The centre of the track with its lakes and natural plant life provides a home for flamingos which were introduced at the time. So important has the park been for flocks of these majestic birds since that Hialeah Park is has been officially designated as a flamingo sanctuary.

In its previous incarnation which led up to 2001, the park played host to many international stars and VIPs both on and off the track. Everyone who was anyone wanted to be seen at Hialeah racing and as well as attracting great crowds the races attracted all the best horses.

Seabiscuit made his racing debut at the park in 1935 and started a trend that saw many horses triumph here before going on to be Triple Crown Winners. The Flamingo Stakes was the aptly named highlight race and it provided a great trial for the Kentucky Derby.

The first phase of the new park opened in 2009 and Hialeah racing delighted the fans once more. As developments progress, the old park will soon be back amongst the top courses in the world, delivering the best races and attracting the best fields.

The track and racing facilities are just a part of the proposed developments, with a casino, luxury hotel, theatre, great restaurants and stores all earmarked for the new Hialeah Park experience.
Hialeah Racing, winner

Hialeah Racing, photo finish The park offers a family fun experience right now on race days with free family areas and a host of children's amusements and activities. There are always special offers and race day deals to keep an eye out for. Since in its first season the park is only partially open, the gaming license is for Quarter Horse Racing only due to the restrictions in the available track. The Quarter Horse is a famous American breed, famed for its immense power over short distances.

The standard distance was defined as a quarter of a mile in a straight line hence the name, and these sprint races make for a terrific Hialeah racing spectacle. The big events are the Hialeah Lassie Futurity and Laddie Futurity. Futurity races are restricted to 2 year olds and Hialeah has returned as a proving ground for future champions.

Florida is a place which does leisure very well indeed. World leaders in the design, construction and provision of theme parks, leisure facilities and attractions, it is not surprising that the state’s once most famous attraction has been designated as the next great reason to visit Florida. The location is perfect too for incorporating some Hialeah racing into Florida holiday plans. Close to the Everglades, Hialeah is also convenient for touring the wider area, which includes the Miami Lakes and the great city of Miami itself.