View Full Version : John Brunetti, Owner of Hialeah, Passes Away

NJ Stinks
03-08-2018, 01:52 AM
Don't know if his passing was mentioned elsewhere but John Brunetti passed away and I believe he deserves to be remembered here.

This man was hard to figure. His takeout rates were brutally high but there is no doubt that he loved Hialeah and horse racing. Here's a link to an article dedicated to Mr. Brunetti that appeared in the Miami Herald on March 2nd.

link: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/article203138174.html

03-09-2018, 04:05 PM
I saw him two weeks ago at GP. He looked frail. I said hello as we share the same trainer at MP. His sons will continue his legacy as they are sending a lot of horses north for the summer meet. John should be proud he had a lot of say in this game.

03-09-2018, 07:54 PM
Watching from afar in the 1980's, I wasn't a fan. I thought at the time he took a great racetrack and ran it into the ground.

Now, having seen what has happened to the sport, I realize that Hialeah (like NYRA, the other organization I was very critical of in the 1980's) was a harbinger of the entire sport's decline.