Michigan’s Northville Downs Signs Long-Term Lease To Operate Through 2024

Northville Downs in Michigan announced on Friday that the track has signed a long-term lease to continue harness racing operations through 2024. A previous announcement in 2018 had indicated that the land would be sold and redeveloped into high-end housing, reports clickondetroit.com, but the new lease will continue operations at the Northville location. “We look […]

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Biting The Dust: A Long Goodbye To Mount Pleasant Meadows

It was early February and the rail was dead at Mount Pleasant Meadows. Its remains laid stacked in a tangled heap of PVC and metal in the center aisle of Barn D, sheltered from the stinging wind of a Michigan winter storm. The dilapidated barn did little to stop the gusts that whistled through its […]

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New Timeline: Thoroughbred Racing In Michigan Could Return In 2020

AmRace & Sports LLC was granted a conditional license by the Michigan Gaming and Control Board for Thoroughbred racing at Sports Creek in 2019, but the track’s new owner told mlive.com that it will be focused on bringing Thoroughbreds back to the state for the 2020 season instead. Sports Creek has been closed for four years, and […]

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Sports Creek Raceway Could Bring Thoroughbreds Back To Michigan

The potential sale and reopening of Sports Creek Raceway could bring Thoroughbred racing back to the state of Michigan in 2019, reports mlive.com. In April this year, Hazel Park unexpectedly closed, leaving the state without Thoroughbred racing for the first time in 88 years. Applications for meeting and track licenses are in the works with the […]

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Thoroughbreds ‘Hung Out To Dry’: Hazel Park Closure ‘Blindsided’ Horsemen

The shocking, last-minute closure of Michigan’s Hazel Park Raceway has left a number of Thoroughbreds in limbo, stalled on the backside with nowhere to train or stretch their legs. reports the Detroit Free Press. The horsemen had begun shipping in on April 4, expecting the racetrack to open for training the following morning. News trickled […]

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Apprentice Zajac Makes History By Tying For Riding Title At Hazel Park

Michigan racing had never seen an apprentice jockey take down the leading rider title, but in 2017, bug girl Melissa Zajac did just that at Hazel Park. Zajac tied for the title with Hazel stalwart Ricardo Barrios, each rider finishing the meet with 58 victories. According to the Detriot Metro-Times, Zajac was a long-time groom who […]

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Seven Named To Michigan’s New Statewide Racing Commission

Legislation signed by Governor Rick Snyder earlier this year created a statewide Horse Racing Advisory Commission in Michigan to govern both Hazel Park Raceway and Northville Downs. On Wednesday, the governor named seven individuals to the newly formed commission, according to crainsdetriot.com. Dr. Don Ryker, veterinarian, will be the commission’s chairman. Other members, each of […]

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EEE Infected Horse Euthanized In Michigan

A horse in Barry County, Mich., was diagnosed with Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and subsequently euthanized, according to MLive. The horse had not been vaccinated. EEE is a serious concern for horse owners as it is a zoonotic virus transmitted by mosquitoes. Dr. James Averill, Michigan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) state veterinarian, […]

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Michigan Bill Would Register Convicted Animal Abusers

A bill in Michigan’s House of Representatives would require convicted animal abusers to register with a statewide database. Introduced earlier this month by Rep. Harvey Santana and Rep. Paul Muxlow, HB 4535 not only requires those convicted of animal abuse to provide their contact information to a state system within 21 days of establishing residence […]

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