Hialeah Park Horse Racing Track in Florida
Located in Southern Florida, near the city of Hialeah, and with a history going back to 1921, Hialeah Park is one of the oldest and widest continuously operating turf horse racing tracks in the country. The track and recreational facility was originally built to attract the rich and famous and has earned a reputation as contributing to the State’s emergence as a popular winter resort.
The racetrack started life as part of a major enterprise wherein massive amounts of land were acquired and public buildings and facilities were built. These facilities included a greyhound parimutuel track and later a horse racing track. The horse racing track was initially furnished with a grandstand, a clubhouse, an administrative building, just over twenty stables and a paddock area. The entertainment complex also featured an amusement park complete with a roller coaster, a dance hall, a jai-alai fronton and a number of dog kennels. It soon became a popular place for the people of South Florida to congregate together for weekend activities and before long it began to draw large crowds. Unfortunately, much of this came to a dramatic end in 1926 when a massive hurricane swept across the area completely destroying the jai-alai fronton, the dog kennels and the roller coaster. Facing such massive destruction and the financial costs involved in trying to rebuild these facilities, the track owners decided instead to focus on horse racing.
In 1930 the racetrack came under new ownership and it underwent major renovations. The wooden grandstand and clubhouse was replaced with concrete and steel buildings and the stables, paddock area, walking rink and infield turf track were remodelled and improved. Hundreds of royal palms and coconut trees were planted and a lake was even fashioned in the track infield. The lake was populated with large numbers of pink flamingos imported from Cuba and the colony still populates this area today. In fact, the area has been declared a sanctuary for the American Flamingo in more recent years. All this work gave the entire facility a much-needed face-lift which resulted in a number of the rich and famous of the time attending races here. Today, Hialeah Park continues to host exciting horse racing events and is well supported by the horse racing community and eager punters.