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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Another life that is left behind

Por mayli2017

Two weeks ago they gave their name to a street next to Hialeah Park. Despite his health problems, John Brunetti remained active in the races with horses he raised.According to the digital portal of the racecourse, a remembrance ceremony will be held on March 12 at 12:30 p.m. in the clubhouse on the third floor of Hialeah Park.The family requests that donations be made in their name instead of flowers to the Miller School of Medicine of the University of Miami, Office of Medical Advancement, 1500 NW 12th Ave., Suite 1020E, Miami, Florida, 33136, or Old Friends Thoroughbred. Retirement Farm, 1841 Paynes Depot Road, Georgetown, Kentucky, 40324, an organization that cares for retired racehorses.

He fell in love with the historic Hialeah Park on his first visit to the place when he was a college student in the 1950s. John Brunetti Sr. who ended up owning the legendary racecourse for more than four decades, died Friday at age 87. Brunetti, one of the most prominent figures of the sport, was a breeder and owner of horses and was always determined to restore the old glory of the racecourse after the races ended in the place. The director of Brunetti's breeding and horse racing operations in Ocala, Rick Sacco said that Brunetti remained in contact with senior Gulfstream Park officials in hopes of getting Hialeah back on the southern horse racing calendar.

In 1957 it happens, while studying at the University of Miami, that Brunetti fell in love with horse racing. In its moment of greater magnificence, Hialeah was a sight to be seen. Flamboyant architecture, pink flamingos and a tremendous story. They said that was the racetrack that made Miami famous. Brunetti found it irresistible, after developing a successful real estate business in New Jersey, Brunetti bought Hialeah Park in 1977.

For years, when the state still regulated the equestrian calendar, Hialeah, Gulfstream and Calder executives fought for the best dates. Once the state government stopped intervening in the calendar in 1989, it allowed the racetracks to work when they thought fit. Hialeah could not compete with the other racetracks. The last thoroughbred horse race at Hialeah Park was in 2001. Howie Tesher, coach and old friend of Brunetti described Brunetti as a misunderstood figure, someone who antagonized some but was very generous with others. To say of Tesher, it was hard, but it was good-hearted. Many wanted to destroy John Brunetti, which became a battle for him. However, he was always there when someone needed him.

Brunetti was also a philanthropist and remained active for the benefit of medical research, higher education and the fight against human trafficking. He also supported the Wounded Warrior Project and people born with a cleft lip.