|The Hialeah Racetrack has undergone
several transforms since it's opening on 15 January 1925. It was founded
in 1924 by Joseph Smoot, Glenn Curtiss and James Bright which set up the
Miami Jockey Club, and built the racetrack and grandstand. It was
initially made up of a clubhouse, administrative building, paddock area,
and twenty-one stables.
But in 1926, it was brutally damaged in a hurricane, and in 1930, it was
sold to Joseph Widener, who appointed the architect Lester Geisler to
embark upon what was to be the foremost modification of the race course.
The newly revamped Hialeah Racetrack was opened to the public on 14
January 1932, and the racegoers were met with concrete and steel
buildings in place of the original wooden structures. Extreme
landscaping took the form of hundreds of royal palms and coconut trees
towering above the enthusiast's heads, swaying towards a lake contained
by the track infield that was stained pink with flamingos that had been
imported from Cuba.
It's no wonder it's been vindicated as one of the most beautiful
racetracks in the world, becoming a playground for the rich and famous.
It even justified the construction of a station specifically built by
the Seaboard Airline Railway to accommodate the folk who travelled by
special trains from Palm Beach to attend the races.
In fact, Widener and Geisler did more than restore a hurricane battered
racetrack. Little did they know, but they had created what was to be
become a designated sanctuary for the American Flamingo.
The aptly named Flamingo Stakes was held at the track, which played a
vital role for the Kentucky Derby 3-year-old horses, and also the
revered Widener Handicap ? a key race for horses four years and older.
On 2 March 1979, Hialeah Park Racetrack was listed on the National
Register of Historic Places, and was closed to the public in 2001.
Hialeah Contact Info
|Physical Address: 2200 East 4th
Hialeah, FL 33056
Postal Address: PO Box 158
Hialeah, FL 33056
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