Sports Creek closing after 29 years
January 06, 2015
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The Flint Journal's website, mlive.com, has reported that Sports Creek Raceway, which opened in November 1986, is going out of business. The Michigan racetrack has been shut down since Jan. 1 following a cease-and-desist order from the Michigan Gaming Control Board as a result of a lack of a signed contract with the Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association (MHHA).
"It's time to go another direction and hopefully it will turn out to be on a brighter side,” Sports Creek general manager Chris Locking told mlive.com.
Sports Creek raced just 10 days of Standardbred racing in 2014, from Nov. 28 through Dec. 31. The track was filled to capacity on its New Year's Eve program—which now appears to be the final card ever—which featured a showdown between drivers Ronnie Wrenn Jr. and Aaron Merriman as the two battled for the 2014 North American dash title (Wrenn finished with 847 wins, six more than Merriman).
The track's record crowd of 6,011 came on its opening day on Nov. 5, 1986, with the all-time single card handle of $626,752 set on March 14, 1990.
Locking said hopes are now that a potential buyer will be found for the facility.
"Racetracks in Michigan haven't been making money for at least five or six years, or more,” said Locking, who was a former general manager of the MHHA.