HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 25Issue 23SPORTS CREEK RACE TRACK AND MEET APPLICATIONS FILED

The Michigan Gaming Control Board confirmed that it is currently reviewing both a race track license application and a race meet license application filed by Am Race & Sports LLC for the Sports Creek facility to possibly allow for racing next year.  Sports Creek, located in Schwartz Creek Michigan is off I-69 just west of Flint.   The track was formerly a harness racing facility that operated from 1986 until January 1, 2015. Am Race & Sports had previously applied for a license for the 2019 season to reopen the facility as a thoroughbred track, but withdrew the application to give it more time to meet the necessary requirements.

Amwest Entertainment, LLC CEO Nelson Clemmens told the Michigan Gaming Newsletter:

“AmRace & Sports remains committed to bringing Thoroughbred racing back to Michigan along with the economic growth and jobs through the breeding, agricultural and variety of services that will support Thoroughbred racing in the state.”

The Michigan horse racing industry has been in decline in recent years.  There is currently only one racetrack holding race meets in the state, Northville Downs. Northville Downs hosts harness racing.  No track currently offers live thoroughbred racing, but AmRace & Sports intends to change that by converting the Sports Creek track facility into a thoroughbred track.

Currently, HB 4310 is pending in the Michigan legislature that would authorize a form of advanced deposit wagering using third party facilitators for the horse racing industry.  A similar bill was passed last year by both houses of the legislature, only to be vetoed by former Governor Snyder. On its website, the Horsemen’s Benevolent Protective Association suggests that passage of such legislation might be key to the success of thoroughbred racing in the future.

“Michigan has a rich horse racing history and there are currently many horsemen and women across this state that own and care for thousands of horses. The industry has been unable to modernize due to constraints within the Horse Racing Act. Unfortunately, the law authorizing horse racing has been unable to keep pace with the advancement of technology. . . . ADW mirrors the current form ofplacing a wager on a horse race but simply would allow the wager to take place from a mobile device such as a phone.”

 

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