HIALEAH PARK RACECOURSE
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Park Racecourse, which opened on January 25, 1925, was carved out of a barren, swampy
parcel of land, miles from downtown Miami and Miami Beach.
Hialeah Park is eternal,
magnificent and historic. It is considered one of the world’s most beautiful
racetracks also holding the distinction of being an Audubon Bird Sanctuary
and being listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The tree-lined paths
and sweeping staircases were designed after Ascot and Deauville. The lines
of the administration building were taken from a chateau in France, the
walking ring from Longchamp, the tunnel leading to the track from Epsom
Downs and the terraces and balustrades from the casino in Monte Carlo.
It wasn’t long
after that Hialeah opened the first turf course in the U.S., and installed
the first totalisator system. In 1934, 20 flamingos were imported from Cuba
to reside in the infield lake. There would be another 100 in 1947. By that
time, Hialeah had more than 10,000 palm trees on her property and more than
100,000 small shrubs and plants.
Today, people continue to be overcome by Hialeah’s grace and beauty.
Even when the track went dark for eight seasons, there was a constant flow
of visitors. And when the gates were locked, some of those visitors simply
climbed them for a sneak peak.
On Nov. 28 of 2009, Hialeah began yet another new era and finally reopened
for Quarter Horse racing. She is still celebrated, still championed, and
The term “Quarter” refers to the distance of the race, most
commonly a quarter of a mile. This 440 yard distance is still known as American
Quarter Horse Racing's 'classic distance' today. With few exceptions, Quarter
Horse races are run in a straight path, with horses running at top speeds
for the duration of the race. The races generally end with several horses
grouped together at the wire for an exciting photo finish! In
order to win, the Quarter Horse must accelerate extremely fast out of the
starting gate, and maintain that speed right up to the finish line. Think
of it as horse racing's version of drag racing.
The future of this historic property is even more exciting. Plans are underway for the comprehensive revitalization and expansion of the entire property. This includes complete restoration of existing amenities and buildings, a new state of the art casino housing 882 slots and 23 poker tables, a full service hotel, a movie theater, and the development of new entertainment experiences and commercial space. The objective is to restore “The Grand Dame” to her prior glory and, in the process, create a city center for both South Florida residents and visitors from all across the world.
Since their introduction to Hialeah Park, these exotic, colourful birds
have become a widely recognized trademark of Hialeah Park and South Florida.
In fact, when the Florida Lottery was started in 1986, lottery officials
used the iconic Hialeah flamingo as part of their official logo in the hopes
of providing Floridians with a familiar image they could tie to gambling.
The Flamingos were also frequently used as the backdrop for major feature
films and television shows, including the opening of the hit show “Miami
Vice”. As much a Hialeah staple now as they were then, the Flamingos
will once again take to the air in a breathtaking spectacle known as “The
Flight of the Flamingos” now that live racing has returned to Hialeah
The flamingo colony
itself was hatched and raised all at the race track. In fact, Hialeah Park
is the only place the species has been successfully reproduced outside its
wild state. For that reason, the infield area of the racetrack was deemed
a National Audubon Sanctuary. Related to the heron family, the flamingo
is a wading bird, preferring to live in shallow marshlands. Each spring,
the birds nest on volcano-shaped mounds of clay built in a shallow pool
on their infield lake. The female flamingo lays one egg a year and both
parents take turns tending to the nest during the incubation period, which
is usually about 30 days. When the small, grayish-white baby bird is hatched,
it will eat its shell as a first meal.
Open daily all year - Sun-Thurs 9:00am to 3:00 am - Fri & Sat Open 24 hours.
Times may vary during race
Presently there is no charge for entry.
Presently on site parking is free
(112) From the corner of Lincoln Road and Washington Avenue north on
Collins Avenue to 71st. Street and then to Hialeah Metrorail Station. Every
(119) All along Miami Beach to Downtown Government Centre (every 12
minutes), than change to Metrorail
North to Hialeah Metrorail Station.
Exit South Miami Beach on I-395 (McArthur Causeway),
then turn north on I-95 and take SR 112 (Airport Expressway). Exit Central
Miami Beach on I-195 (Julia Tuttle Causeway) continue straight ahead on
SR 112 (Airport Expressway) or exit North Miami Beach on 71st. Street (John
F. Kennedy Causeway) then turn south on to I-95 to SR 112 (Airport Expressway).
right at the end of SR 112 onto US 27 (Okeechobee Road). Continue to the
Hialeah Fountain on your right then turn right onto East 4th. Avenue. Hialeah
Park entrance is about two miles to your left just after crossing the railway
100 E 32nd St, Hialeah, FL 33013
Tel: (305) 885-8000
Hialeah Park Racecourse Entrance
Hialeah Park Racecourse Grandstand