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Dates approved in Michigan along with new Detroit Tbred track

November 01, 2007
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Michigan Racing Commissioner Christine White on Wednesday signed orders authorizing the 2008 live and simulcast horse racing calendar for the state\'s four pari-mutuel harness race tracks. The 2008 live schedule calls for a total of 286 days of Standardbred horse racing at the four locations and involves fives corporations.
 
Also, White has approved the 2008 race date application submitted by Post It Stables Inc. for Thoroughbred racing in Wayne County. The order is signed with a contingency clause that the track application progresses through due process and is approved.
 
Here are the 2008 harness dates in Michigan:

Northville Downs - Total of 53 days from Jan. 4 to April 5

Sports Creek Raceway (Swartz Creek) - Total of 69 days from Jan. 4 to May 4 and Nov.r 28 to Dec. 31

Hazel Park Raceway - Total of 92 days from April 18 to Sept. 27

Jackson Harness Raceway - Total of 31 days from May 9 to July 19

Northville Racing Corporation - Total of 41 days from Oct. 3 to Dec. 13

As for the application of the new Thoroughbred track, White stated, \"I am very excited to give an opportunity to bring Thoroughbreds back to Detroit. Mr. Campbell has been an asset to Michigan’s thoroughbred industry for years and today is no different.\"

Although the track application has not yet been approved, the Office of Racing Commissioner will work expeditiously with (track owner) Mr. (Jerry) Campbell and the necessary agencies to proceed with the application process.

Live racing at the new Thoroughbred track has been approved for a total of 63 days with the first race to be held on Friday, July 18. The live season will run until Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Nov. 2.

The sole race date application for Great Lakes Downs in Muskegon was withdrawn during the process due to business complications. After 10 years as a Thoroughbred track, Great Lakes Downs will hold its last live race on Nov. 6. (with files from Michigan Office of Racing Commissioner)

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