HomePublicationsCurrent NewsletterVolume 24Issue 38UPDATE ON EFFORTS TO BRING HORSE RACING BACK TO SPORTS CREEK

AmRace & Sports, LLC is continuing its efforts to reopen Sports Creek Raceway in 2019 as a thoroughbred racetrack.  The Michigan Gaming Control Board issued an order granting the company permission to pursue the effort, but placed several conditions on the company.   The company has until December 28th to produce some of the information, but also had a deadline of December 1 to show proof that it has a contractual right (lease, contract or agreement) to use the track. The company did not meet the December 1 deadline, but it appears that the effort to bring racing back to the track is still under way.  The Order provides, in relevant part, as follows:

The 2019 Race Meeting License and Simulcast Permit are conditioned upon the applicant meeting all of the following conditions: a) Produce on or before December 1, 2018, a lease, contract, or agreement to use the track located at 4290 Morrish Road, Swartz Creek, Michigan. Said track must also be licensed by the Executive Director. b) Produce on or before December 28, 2018, a fire inspection report of the grandstand at the track. c) Produce on or before December 28, 2018, additional information about the security measures and emergency preparedness plan that will be implemented at the track. d) Produce on or before December 28, 2018, the executed written contract with a certified horsemen's organization for the 2019 race meeting. e) Ensure all persons working in a restricted area of the grandstand are licensed prior to December 28, 2018. f) Produce on or before December 28, 2018, a fully executed written contract with a totalizator company for the 2019 race meeting. g) Produce on or before December 28, 2018, export and import simulcast wagering agreements for the 2019 race meeting. h) Produce on or before December 28, 2018, proof of an interest-bearing account for all funds due to the horsemen's purse pools. Such proof must include the bank name, address, and account number. Failure to meet the conditions set forth above may result in disciplinary action including a fine, suspension, and/or revocation of the Race Meeting License and Simulcast Permit.

According to the MLive article, AmRace principal Nelson Clemmens said his company remains committed to the Sports Creek project, but closing a deal to purchase the property has taken longer than expected.  "We're still looking to be on the same path. We are committed," Clemmens said. "Some things just take longer than expected." Typically, if a licensee fails to meet conditions outlined by the regulatory agency, it will lead to a compliance conference where the licensee is given the opportunity to state its case to the agency and explain why the condition was not met. The agency can then respond by determining whether there has been noncompliance, and, if so, whether a fine, suspension and/or revocation of the license is appropriate.

 

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