AmRace & Sports LLC recently announced a one-year delay in its efforts to offer live thoroughbred racing at the Sports Creek Racing facility that it acquired last year.

Yesterday, Michigan Gaming Control Board Executive Director Richard Kalm issued an order accepting AmRace and Sports L.L.C.’s surrender of its 2019 race meeting license and simulcast permit for Sports Creek Raceway. “AmRace and Sports was unable to meet two key licensing conditions: an agreement with a certified horsemen's association and a contract for simulcasting races from other tracks,” Kalm said. “This means they could not hold live races, and the public could not bet on broadcast races. While the outcome is unfortunate, I accept AmRace and Sports’ decision.”

The Michigan Gaming Control Board issued a conditional license to AmRace in October under the original plan to commence racing in 2019, but the company is now planning to begin racing in 2020.  Nelson E. Clemmens, CEO of Amwest Entertainment, LLC issued a press release, stating, in relevant part, the following:

Site improvements are continuing. Legislation developed to bring Michigan in line with other racing states to allow for advance deposit wagering and contribute revenues critical to a viable Michigan Thoroughbred racing and breeding program passed overwhelmingly by both Houses in the State Legislature.  Sadly for the Thoroughbred industry it was ultimately vetoed by the former Governor at the very end of the session due to last minute alterations made to the bill suggested by those that don’t have Michigan Thoroughbred racing as their priority.

Without the supporting legislation and overall economics to support live racing in this current year, and after considering all options, AmRace will withdraw its 2019 license application, commit its efforts to seeing beneficial legislation redeveloped and passed this year, continue to work through the renovations required at the race track facility and then submit an application in August for 2020 racing. Other planning and development work continues as well. Our dedication to see this effort through to a successful conclusion remains firm. We look forward to working with the current Legislature, Governor Whitmer’s office, the MGCB, the Department of Agriculture and local/Genesee government to make this collective effort a reality for a brighter Michigan future.

Senator Dan Lauwers recently introduced Senate Bill 0012, which includes the Advanced Deposit Wagering that former Governor Snyder vetoed late last year.  The Bill has been referred to the Committee on Agriculture in the State Senate.


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