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|
|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.