Hialeah Park owner John Brunetti has dropped his efforts to force the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority to rebid the lease it awarded to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association to run Monmouth Park.

An authority hearing officer recently ruled against Brunetti's assertion that the horsemen's group was given unfair negotiating advantages when the original winning bidder, Morris Bailey, abruptly withdrew from the bidding process five months ago.

Monmouth Park is set to begin its first season under new management May 12.

Paul P. Josephson, Brunetti's attorney, said his client hopes that he can work with the New Jersey horsemen to explore potential opportunities to assist each other with the success of the Monmouth Park meet in New Jersey, and the Hialeah Park future thoroughbred meet in Florida.

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