Northville shifts fall dates to race through summer
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The Michigan Gaming Control Board has approved a request by Northville Downs' officials to alter the remainder of the 2018 live race schedule. Instead of its current meet ending on June 9 and then taking a break until resuming in early September through Dec. 14, the track will now remain open through June, July and August before closing on Sept. 22.
Northville Downs, the last racetrack open in Michigan following the sudden closure of Hazel Park Raceway on April 5, races Friday and Saturday nights. There are three exceptions to the schedule, beginning this week. The MGCB already approved a request by Northville Downs and the Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association to cancel live racing on the nights of the three Thoroughbred Triple Crown races: Kentucky Derby (May 5), Preakness (May 19) and Belmont (June 9). Instead, the track will race on Thursday nights of those three weeks (May 3, May 17 and June 7).
Northville Downs management is also in the process of securing a new location to build a new racetrack. Less than one week after Hazel Park's announcement it would be closing, Northville officials announced the track and the 48-acre site was being sold for redevelopment into a housing community. Northville first opened for live racing in 1944 on ground that had been a longtime nine-hole golf course. Track officials have told harnessracing.com that any new site would be in the metro-Detroit area and likely not that far from the current site.