Tonight, live harness racing will return to Northville Downs.  Live racing occurs every Friday and Saturday night from March 22 through June 8th, and then from September 13ththrough November 16th.   The horse racing industry is celebrating 100 years of racing in Northville. 

Northville Downs is the only licensed horse racing track in Michigan this year.  Last April, the owners of the land where the track is located announced that they have entered into a contract to develop the land where the track is currently located.  Hunter Pasteur Homes is the developer for the project, and is currently in the process of seeking the necessary government approvals to develop the land into a mixed use development with commercial space and luxury homes, apartments and condos.

In connection with the announcement last April, the track stated that live harness racing and simulcast wagering will continue at the current location through 2020.  Northville Downs also noted that it is exploring multiple other locations to develop a state of the art “gaming facility”. 

Michigan currently does not have a thoroughbred racetrack although there is an ongoing effort under way by AmRace & Sports,  LLC (“AmRace”)  to bring thoroughbred racing to the Sports Creek facility near Flint, Michigan.   AmRace acquired the Sports Creek Racing facility in mid-December 2018 and immediately  commenced renovation work. Michigan Gaming has confirmed that site improvements are continuing and AmRace has indicated that it plans to submit an application to the Michigan Gaming Control Board in August for racing to occur in 2020.


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