Havre de Grace Racetrack to be Rebuilt?

Oct 1st 2009 12:52 am |

As crazy as that might sound, millionaire Halsey Minor, who made a bid last year to purchase and re-open Hialeah, left this comment on my recent post about Havre de Grace:

“If I win MJC [Maryland Jockey Club properties] in November I am going to rebuild Havre De Grace. I have done a ton of work on its feasibility for a short Saratoga like meet.”

“Keep the faith. I am battling Stronach hard on MJC. I am half Maryland (mom) and half Virginia (dad) and all thoroughbred racing.”  Link to original comment

How serious is this? It’s hard to say. Recent rumors and reports about Minor’s finances had some questioning whether he had the cash to pull off his plans to own racetracks. His bid to purchase Hialeah fell through last year and he withdrew a bid for Magna in August calling the process “unprofessional”.

Minor’s style has been known to turn people off and he is frequently referred to as “brash.”

Whatever the case might be, I would love to see Halsey Minor get his hands on the Maryland tracks and it would be a dream to see Havre de Grace rebuilt. I heard the rumor about Minor’s plans for Havre de Grace from someone at Delaware Park a few months ago. I didn’t think much of it at the time and wrote it off as track chatter. It is evident now that the rumor is indeed true. I understand why many have taken a wait and see approach with Minor since – to date – we have seen lots of talk but no action. However, I think it is too soon to write him off.

If I made my living in the Thoroughbred industry (which I don’t), I would do everything I could to assist Minor in getting an opportunity at track ownership. Racing needs more track owners in the tradition of Alfred Vanderbilt and Joseph Widener who were sportsmen and caretakers not simply stockholders. Minor has made his fortune and his motivation for owning a track does not appear to be purely profit driven (we saw how that worked out for Magna). Minor’s passion for racing is well known and it would be fascinating to see the impact he could have on a moribund industry.

One last thing…you’ll never guess who won the 5th at Delaware Park today?  A two-year-old filly named Havre de Grace

Filed in Halsey Minor,Havre de Grace Race Track

5 Responses to “Havre de Grace Racetrack to be Rebuilt?”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Dream On (not Dream Rush who he sold for a cool million)—–the only thing Minor has a passion for is himself and the publicity surrounding him. He keeps putting his name out there so people will believe he has money but I predict he will be bankrupt within 6 months…..he never could complete a deal with Hialeah or MDI…..notice he just had more excuses…

  2. Anonymous says:

    Does that mean the end of Laurel? Is it worth too much as a development property?

  3. The_Knight_Sky says:

    Probably the end of Pimlico.

    Hark !
    Who goes there?

  4. Halsey Minor says:

    As recent certified court filing (SFG) publicly reveals my networth has ACTUALLY doubled since 2007 not gone down so we can dispense with that nonsense.

    Brash? Brunetti? Stronach? De Francis? Holly cow!

    I am faulted for not being able to take Frank and John's assets away from them in a fortnight? Who has done better than me? Who has even bothered to even try?

    The Dream Rush guy sticks to me like a bad rash. Is your point I bought a horse in '07 and lost money selling it in '09? OK you win except your numbers are wrong. Now boy genius tell us what you do for the industry and how financially savvy you obviously are. It appears I am getting press trying to genuinely help the sport and you're everywhere I am like blood sucker on for the free ride. Why don't you tell people here your name so they can judge whether your not a fraud. For good or bad my life, including my many accomplishments are public record.

  5. Anonymous says:

    If someone could rebuild Ak-sar-ben, I would die a happy woman. 🙂