Horse Racing to Return to Florida’s Historic Hialeah

For years, the fabled Hialeah Park race track has sat idle — battered, broken, and left to rot.

These days, fresh paint coats the walls, pink flamingos are practicing their familiar moves and some of the luster has been restored to Florida's grand old track. On Saturday, those famous flamingos are expected to fly again, when Hialeah reopens for its first race day in

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For years, the fabled Hialeah Park race track has sat idle — battered, broken, and left to rot.

These days, fresh paint coats the walls, pink flamingos are practicing their familiar moves and some of the luster has been restored to Florida's grand old track. On Saturday, those famous flamingos are expected to fly again, when Hialeah reopens for its first race day in nearly a decade.

"No track has a feeling like this," said owner John Brunetti, who expects 10,000 to 15,000 people to walk through the gates for quarter horse racing.

The once-elegant treasure is nestled in a blue-collar neighborhood of mechanic shops and tile depots. Sweeping staircases welcome racegoers to the grandstand, which looks out over the racing oval and the flamingos that have made their home in the middle of the track

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