HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 19Issue 31Michigan horse Tracks Awarded Live Racing Dates

On October 31, 2013, Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”) Executive Director Richard Kalm issued the live racing dates and simulcast permits for Michigan horse tracks. The award follows the October 22, 2013, MGCB public meeting for the purposes of receiving information and commentary related to the pending 2014 Race Meet License applications for each horse racing track.

Executive Director Kalm has awarded a total of 124 live racing dates, as well as approved simulcast wagering permits for each of the tracks discussed below. Below is a summary of the live racing date allocations for each Michigan track licensee:

Hazel Park Harness Raceway– The track has been awarded 44 live race days that were sought in the track’s original license application, despite seeking to reduce the number of live race days to 10 in an amended application. Race days will be on Fridays and Saturdays from Friday, May 2, 2014 to Saturday, September 27, 2014. Each race day must contain at least 9 live horse races.

In its original application, the track sought authorization to conduct only standardbred races, however, it expressed an interest in running thoroughbred and mixed breed races in an amended filing. As a condition on the license award, the track must provide additional details on the breeds that it intends to run and how the track will accommodate these changes by December 1, 2013.

Mount Pleasant Meadows– The track has been awarded 43 mixed breed live race dates. Races will be conducted on Saturdays and Sundays from Saturday, May 3, 2014 to Sunday, September 28, 2014, with the exception of July 26, July 27, and September 1, when no racing will occur. Each race date must contain at least 9 live horse races.

Sports Creek Raceway– The track has been awarded a total of 11 standardbred, thoroughbred, and mixed breed race dates. Races will be conducted on Friday and Saturdays from Friday, November 28, 2014 to Wednesday, December 31, 2014. Each race date must contain at least 9 live horse races.

Northville Downs– The track has been awarded 26 live race dates that were sought in the track’s original license application, despite filing an amendment seeking to reduce the number of live race dates to 10. Races will be conducted on Fridays and Saturdays between Friday, January 31, 2014 and Saturday, April 26, 2014.

In its original application, the track sought authorization to conduct only standardbred races, however, it expressed an interest in running thoroughbred and mixed breed races in an amended filing. As a condition on the license award, the track must provide additional details on the breeds that it intends to run and how the track will accommodate these changes by December 1, 2013.

Effective January 17, 2010, the MGCB assumed the duties of the former Office of Racing Commissioner through Executive Order 2009-45 which, among other things, transferred the regulation of live horse racing from the Office of Racing Commissioner to the Executive Director of the MGCB. In accordance with the order, Executive Director Richard Kalm now performs the functions of Racing Commissioner.

Each Executive Order granting live race dates and simulcast permits to Michigan horse tracks are available on the MGCB’s website, located here.

 

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