Who owns Hialeah Park in South Florida? Most people, including the city of Hialeah, believe John Brunetti is the legal owner of the historic track, but Internet entrepreneur Halsey Minor has filed a lawsuit, claiming Hialeah deeded the fabled racetrack to Brunetti improperly, alleging Brunetti’s failure to keep the track open for live racing breached the agreement between the city and Brunetti.
The suit was thrown out last year by a lower court but an appeals court judge upheld Minor’s right to sue the city on the ownership question. Jerald Bagley, a new judge assigned to the case, denied Brunetti’s latest motion to dismiss the case and established a pretrial schedule for discovery and depositions, with a projected trial late in November of December of this year.
Minor’s attempts to purchase Hialeah Park were previously rebuffed by Brunetti, and he also made attempts to buy some of the assets formerly held by Magna Entertainment that are now owned by MI Developments (both companies are controlled by Frank Stronach).