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Jackson County receives horse racing track license from Michigan Gaming Control Board

Detroit – Jackson County today received a horse racing track license for its fairgrounds from the Michigan Gaming Control Board, the first step toward resuming horse racing in the county.

“If the county finds an operator with sufficient financial resources, the MGCB will consider a horse race meeting license for the track,” said Richard Kalm, MGCB executive director. “We must approve both licenses before racing can begin.”

The raceway at the Jackson County fairgrounds closed in 2009. In 2014, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners was asked to apply for a license to reopen the track.

A track license is valid for two years.

"The Michigan Gaming Control Board shall ensure the conduct of fair and honest gaming to protect the interests of the citizens of the State of Michigan."