Sports Creek ordered to shut down Jan. 1
December 31, 2014
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Sports Creek Raceway in Michigan may be bustling with action on Wednesday night as the track closes out 2014 with a New Year's Eve program beginning at 7 p.m. that features drivers Ronnie Wrenn Jr. and Aaron Merriman making a final bid for national dash honors, but all is not good for the racetrack located near Flint. A contract stalemate with the Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association (MHHA) has led to the Michigan Gaming Control Board issuing a cease and desist order, instructing the track to shut down as of Jan. 1.
In a posting on its website, the MHHA stated: "The Michigan Gaming Control Board issued a cease and desist order on Tuesday (Dec. 30) instructing Sports Creek Raceway to cease all live and simulcast pari-mutuel wagering effective Jan. 1. The order was issued in anticipation of Sports Creek not having a 2015 contract with a certified horsemen's organization by the Dec. 31 deadline specified in law.
The MHHA has offered Sports Creek a number of contract proposals over the past several months, including a provision for horsemen to help off-set costs associated with conducting live racing. The terms offered are consistent with those of the Northville Downs agreement signed in August. The MHHA is hopeful that a deal can yet be reached and will continue discussions with Sports Creek in an effort to reach a workable agreement."