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Minor To Buy & Reopen Hialeah Park In Miami

Friday, 25th July 2008

Technology entrepreneur & thoroughbred owner Halsey Minor "has set his sights on the purchase & renovation of the revered Hialeah Park Race Track in Miami," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Virginia multimillionaire Minor, 43 (who campaigns multiple Gr1-winner Dream Rush & stakes-winner Fierce Wind) confirmed he will meet Hialeah Park owner John Brunetti "in the coming weeks" & declared: "My principle goal is to kick-start thoroughbred racing. What could be better than the resurrection of one of the industry's decaying icons?" Minor (a "horse fanatic & history buf who shelled out US$15.3 million last year to buy Carter's Grove Plantation in Williamsburg in Virginia to preserve the historic property & use it as part of a thoroughbred breeding operation") estimated it would cost US$20-40 million to "restore the property to the way it looked a half-century ago at the apex of its and racing's popularity". Minor added: "Assuming I can work something out with Mr Brunetti, I think we could get it back up & running in pristine form in 3 years." Hialeah Park opened in 1921 & is "one of the oldest existing recreational facilities in South Florida. It played host to some of the country's best horses, served as a playground for the rich & famous through its heyday & for decades was hailed as one of the world's most beautiful racetracks". The track (which held its final race in May 2001) "is officially designated a sanctuary for the American flamingo by the Audubon Society & in 1979 was listed on the US National Register Of Historic Places".

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