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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Photos from Hialeah Park

While spending a week in Florida I made a trip down to "the World's Most Beautiful Racecourse", the one and only Hialeah Park. As a Quarter Horse fan and Hialeah admirer, this trip was necessary for me. It just so happened that the time I was there lined up with Hialeah Derby day, the richest day on the Hialeah calender. It was a lucky coincidence. 

      Hialeah Park is easily the most beautiful place I have ever been to. Even in it's state of incomplete restoration, the entire facility screams class. With the big Quarter Horse stakes they hosted on Derby day, it was basically the ultimate racing experience for me. Regardless of your opinion on Quarter Horse racing, I encourage a visit to Hialeah. It is magnificent.

     Of course while I was there I took many photos. Here are a few to share. I don't know if they do it justice, but rest assured, Hialeah is a spectacular racetrack.
Overlooking the paddock from a 2nd floor balcony

The saddling paddock

Pm Runaway Dash (2) wins an open allowance

The Flamingo Fountain

Emperor Valerian (5) fights off a swarm of grey horses to win the 660 yard Moonstone Stakes

The Citation Fountain bathes in the South Florida sun

Admiring the clubhouse from the paddock

The administration offices

Outside near the clubhouse

The Hialeah grandstand

Pulling up around the clubhouse turn

Last Man Standin walks through the walking ring

Last Man Standin (2) winning the FQHRA Stallion Derby

Jessies First Down (9) wins the Hialeah Maturity in a frantic finish; the top 5 finishers were separated by 3/4 of a length

Seize the Win winning the Hialeah Derby easily under Shanley Jackson

The clubhouse

It's a large facility

The gate opens for the finale; a 110 yard dash

The Hialeah Park logo as the sun begins to set
     I love Hialeah. I think it's an absolutely amazing place and I would love to see it when the restoration is entirely complete. This is an amazing racetrack. Go to Hialeah.

1 comment:

  1. Great pictures Doug! Thanks for finding us in the bar and giving me some pointers on handicapping Quarter Horses...love Hialeah..it's a special place...

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