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Michigan 2018 stakes program announced

January 10, 2018
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Officials with the Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association (MHHA) have announced their 2018 early-closing colt stakes program for Michigan-sired and Michigan-bred horses, to be contested at Northville Downs and at county fair meetings across the state.
 
Northville Downs will host Michigan Sires Stakes and Great Lakes Stakes events for 2 and 3 year olds by Michigan sires. Each Sires Stakes division will carry an estimated $22,000 purse, while the inaugural editions of the Great Lakes Stakes will be worth an estimated $7,000 per division.
 
Additionally, the Michigan Breeders Stakes and early-closing colt stakes will be open to Michigan-sired and Michigan-bred horses. For the purposes of these events, "Michigan-bred" is defined as a foal from a mare who was wholly owned or leased by Michigan residents at the time of her conception. The Breeders Stakes will be raced at Northville for an estimated $11,000 per division, while the early-closing colt stakes will carry an estimated purse of $6,700 per division, racing one week at Northville Downs and the remaining seven events at county fairs statewide. The first nomination payment for the early-closing colt stakes program is due Feb. 15, 2018.
 
Nomination forms will be available at http://www.mhha.com/, as will a complete schedule once the fair schedule and purses are finalized by the Michigan Department of Agriculture.
 
Horsemen with questions about their horses' eligibility are advised to contact the MHHA office via email at info@mhha.com or via phone at (517) 349-2920. (MHHA)
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