Alex Fuentes Interviews Halsey Minor SAVEHIALEAHPARK.COM
Hialeah Park: A Brief History
HIALEAH PARK RACE COURSE
Sun Sentinel Front Page News on October 16th 2007.
Halsey Minor on Hialeah Park Channel 10 News
Halsey Minor on Hialeah Park Pt.1
Halsey Minor on Hialeah Park Pt.2
Halsey Minor on Hialeah Park Pt.3
Hialeah Park 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew wins the Flamingo stakes!
MusicHIALEAH PARK ON TELEMUNDO 3-11-08
LOS PRIMEROS IN THE NEWS! Performing "SAVE HIALEAH PARK."
LP on the News to Save Hialeah Park
BooksHialeah: what's in a name?, Hialeah: A Racing Legend, Beautiful Hialeah, The Path Between The Seas, The rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Havana Bay, Prize, As a Man Thinketh,
HeroesMY FATHER and MY SON
- Sep 22, 2007 7:11 PM Check out this event: HIALEAH PARK SOUTH FLORIDA DANCE REUNION
- Jan 15, 2007 10:20 PM "Carving up History" Miami Daily Business Review
- Jan 13, 2007 4:38 AM 75th Anniversary of Hialeah Park's 2nd inaugural...Jan 14, 2007
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Welcome to the official myspace page of SAVE HIALEAH PARK.
My name is Alex Fuentes and I am a member of Save Hialeah Park Inc. We are a Non-Profit organization created to educate the public about Hialeah Park, creating awareness as to its fascinating history, current situation, and its significance to South Florida and the Nation.
Hialeah Park is a nationally historic race track built in 1925. Prior to being a horse track the grounds later known as Hialeah Park was home to The Miami Kennel Club (1921) the first pari-mutuel greyhound racing track in the country. This original greyound track was donated by City Founder James Bright and aviation pioneer Glen Curtis (founder of Miami Springs and Opa-locka). Along with the Kennel Club there was an amusement park with a large Ferris wheel, a Seminole Indian tribe settlement, and the first Jai alai fronton in Florida. The days at Hialeah Park in the early 20’s consisted of action packed entertainment and adventure for winter tourists in what was largely swampland. A land boom followed and Hialeah officialy became an incorporated city in 1925 coinciding with the creation of an 1 1/8 mile oval horse track with a new clubhouse grandstand and given the name Hialeah Park.
A year later in the Great Hurricane of 1926 destroyed most of the park and original structures but the original oval horse track is still there today. In 1930 Joseph Widner began a $3 million renovation and recreated the Hialeah Park the world knows today. A magnificent French inspired clubhouse and grandstand were built, a lake was constructed, and a flock of pink flamingos were brought over from Cuba (which still call Hialeah Park home)along with thousands of trees used for its world renowned gardens.
In its 80 + years its grounds have been graced the worlds most famous horses and people. Everybody who was anybody, Rich and Famous or poor the like, around the world wanted to visit its magnificent structures and gardens known worldwide for its elegant beauty. Millions would enter its gates every year.
Since its last race in 2001 Hialeah Park’s gardens and structures have fallen in grave disrepair and continue exposed to the elements as no repairs have taken place. Hurricane “Wilma” dealt a major blow to this legendary place in 2005 and it is not likely that it will survive another one in its current condition. Further aggravating the Park’s situation is the constant threat of demolition and development. In early 2007 the historic stables that were home to thousands of horses every year since the early 30’s were demolished following a unanimous decision by Hialeah's city council.
The flamingos thankfully survived the storm and still reside in on their “Flamingo Island” within the lake built for them over 75 years ago. These mesmerizing creatures served as the only breeding flock in the US providing hatchlings to zoos across North America and still do today. There are more flamingos living in Hialeah Park than there are in the S. Florida wild thanks to the storms of 2004 and 2005.
Please visit us periodically as we will be providing updates. We will post alerts on the bulletins please repost and forward to all your friends.
For more information or to join our mailing list please visit us on the web @ WWW.SAVEHIALEAHPARK.COM
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Click on the links below for information and news pertaining to the Hialeah Race Track, the effort to save it, and the current threat of redevelopment.
Miami Herald 3.26.09: Hialeah Park's owner wants thoroughbred racing, slots
Miami Herald 3.19.09: Hialeah Park's new permit requires racing within a year
Miami Herald 3.18.09: Hialeah Park clears a hurdle in quest to return to horse racing
Paulick Report: Eminent Domain for Hialeah Park?
Paulick Report: "A MAJOR MINOR"
Paulick Report: "DEAR JOHN…AN OPEN LETTER TO JOHN BRUNETTI"
Bloodhorse: "Hialeah Redux: Beyond Brunetti, Minor"
Baltimore Sun:"Getting racing back on track? Entrepreneur's big idea: Live events should be sport's focus"
ESPN: "Reviving Hialeah"
Miami Herald: "New life for Hialeah Park?"
Bloodhorse: Brunetti: "Minor 'Well-Intentioned'"
Bloodhorse: "Minor's Dream: Resurrect Hialeah Park"
Palm Beach Post: "Talks continue on Hialeah Park sale"
Palm Beach Post: "CNet founder wants to buy, resurrect Hialeah Park"
Palm Beach Post: "Hialeah Park remains a horse racing tragedy"
New! Miami Herald: "Owner pulls back Hialeah Park plan"
Miami Herald: "Musicians with a cause emerge from Hialeah with a message: Save a South Florida landmark -- and dance while you're at it"
Miami Herald: Trio hopes to 'Save Hialeah Park' with a Miami beat
Miami Herald: "Odds don't favor survival of historic park"
Miami Sun Post: "LOS PRIMEROS de Hialeah Park"
SUN SENTINEL: "Hialeah Park Through The Years" Photographic Gallery!
Miami Herald: "Reviving Hialeah Park may rest on slots deal"
ORLANDO SENTINEL: "The Race is on to Preserve Historic Hialeah Race Track"
Miami Herald: "Concert crowd: Save Hialeah Park"
ESPN: "The effort to save Hialeah"
USA TODAY "Historic sports sites rarely take landmark status"
Associated Press:"Fla. flamingos find homes across U.S"
Associated Press: "Future Looks Bleak for Fading Hialeah Park"
For the record I was not referring to just any ordinary "Animal Hospital" in this Associated Press article. What I said was that my favorite idea if racing were never to return to Hialeah Park, was for there to be an Equine Veterinary School with an equine hosital component, utilizing (and preserving) Hialeah’s world renowned low-impact track for the rehabilitation of injured race horses. This is just one part of an adaptive reuse concept created and presented to the city of Hialeah by S. Florida horse trainer Jean Friedberg. We have presented our own as well.
Baltimore Sun: "Once-proud Hialeah decays in Florida sun"
"Activists celebrate Hialeah Park designation"
America's Most Endagered Places List 2007
Miami Herald: "Hialeah Park is deemed ..endangered'"
National Trust for Historic Preservation Issues 2007 List of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places
"Hialeah Park on endangered list, group says"
Channel 10 News "Hialeah Park Named Endangered Historic Place"
"Group identifies most endangered US historic sites"
Sign Petition for Hialeah Park.
Hialeah Park History NPS
"Hialeah Activists Rally"
Miami Herald:"High Stakes for Hialeah"
SUNPOST:"The Hialeah Park Gamble"
"Memories of Hialeah Park"
"The Sun is Setting on Hialeah's Race Track"
"Hialeah Race Track Revisited"
"Hialeah Park Bites the Dust Unless Citizens Unite"
Miami Herald: "Hialeah stables lose historic designation"
Mixed use development: Hialeah Park
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- Hometown: Hialeah!
- Orientation: Straight
- Ethnicity: Latino / Hispanic
- Religion: Christian - other
- Zodiac Sign: Aries
- Children: Proud parent
- Education: College graduate
- Occupation: Friend of Hialeah Park