HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 25Issue 29MICHIGAN HORSE RACING UPDATE: LICENSING DECISIONS MADE FOR NORTHVILLE DOWNS AND SPORTS CREEK

Per a press release dated October 31, 2019, Michigan horse racing fans will be able to enjoy 52 days of live racing.  Northville Downs will host  pari-mutuel wagering on Fridays and Saturdays during the spring, late summer and autumn of 2020.

Under an order issued October 31, 2019, by the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB), Northville Downs also received a permit to simulcast races to and from the track and conduct simulcast pari-mutuel wagering throughout 2020.

“The live racing experience boosts both the industry and the fans, and I’m pleased it will return to Northville Downs next year,” said Richard S. Kalm, MGCB executive director.

A second applicant, AmRace & Sports, L.L.C., received a conditional 2020 race meeting license and simulcast permit for Sports Creek Raceway in Swartz Creek.

The conditions include:

  • A track license for the track at 4290 Morrish Road, Swartz Creek, which Michigan law requires before live racing and simulcasting may occur;
  • A lease, contract or agreement to use the track;
  • A track grandstand fire inspection report, information on current track security measures and an emergency preparedness plan; and
  • A written contract with a totalizator company and agreements for export and import simulcast wagering.

Northville Downs will split its live standardbred horse racing season with pari-mutuel wagering into two segments: Friday, March 20, through Saturday, June 20, and Friday, Sept. 11, through Saturday, Nov. 28.

Kalm said live race dates would be allocated in the further order issued for Sports Creek once the license conditions are met. The applicant requested 10 dates for thoroughbred racing.

 

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