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Northville Downs March 20 opening delayed

March 16, 2020
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Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association president Tom Barrett has issued the following statement regarding the scheduled start date of the live meet at Northville Downs. That meet, scheduled to start on Friday, March 20, has been delayed. Here is the statement:
 
Over the weekend our team was in constant communication with Northville Downs and our regulators as we continue to watch the state’s response to Covid-19. Late last night we were informed that all casinos and racetracks in Michigan will be closed for a minimum of 14 days as the state continues to try to limit mass gatherings in an effort to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus.
While we are still waiting for a copy of the official order from the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB), the MHHA and Northville Downs continue to comply with every state directive. We will continue to be good partners with our regulators and the State of Michigan as this issue moves forward.
 
As such, Northville Downs will not be accepting entries for live racing at 10 am today. We are planning on having a live meet this spring at a time when this health issue passes and our state regulators believe we can reopen safely. The health and safety of our members, our fans, and bettors continue to be a priority of this organization.
 
We will continue to keep members informed as new information comes forward and look forward to working with the MGCB on implementing a successful live racing meet whenever that might be possible. (MHHA)
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