Northville Downs ready to open Friday
September 08, 2019
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Northville Downs will commence its fall meeting this Friday (Sept. 13), with ample opportunity for Michigan-connected horses to race for healthy purses in the first three weeks of the stand.
The Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association is offering eight "mini-series" for Michigan-sired, bred and owned horses through September, with over $160,000 in purses at stake. Four series will be offered for horses of each gait, with two preliminary legs leading to finals on Sept. 27 and 28. The conditions are as follows:
• non-winners of $1,500 in the last four starts or $350 per start in 2019
• non-winners of $2,500 in the last four starts or $600 per start in 2019
• $5,000-$7,500 claiming
• non-winners of one pari-mutuel race or $7,500 lifetime
The trotting series will be conducted on Fridays, while the pacing series will take place on Saturdays. Preliminary legs will carry purses of at least $5,000, while the finals will offer purses of at least $10,000. There is no nomination fee.
Northville Downs will offer live racing every Friday and Saturday night through Nov. 16, with a four-week extension to Dec. 14 pending approval from the Michigan Gaming Control Board. Nightly post time is 7:30 p.m. Eastern.