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Gaming Control Board approves six more 2017 Northville Downs harness racing dates

DETROIT, June 8, 2017 - The Michigan Gaming Control Board approved six additional 2017 harness racing dates at Northville Downs, extending the season until Dec. 16. The additional dates are: Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16.

“This is the third consecutive year one of Michigan’s pari-mutuel horse racetracks has requested and received additional race dates,” said Richard Kalm, MGCB executive director.

Northville Downs originally requested eight additional days, but MGCB staffing issues will not permit racing at both Northville Downs and Hazel Park on Sept. 1 and 2. Northville Downs declined the agency’s offer to extend racing to Dec. 22 and 23.

The Michigan Harness Horsemen’s Association supported Northville Downs’ request.

The 2017 season now expands to 60 dates. Northville Downs originally was granted 54 days of live standardbred race dates for 2017 on Fridays and Saturdays from March 3 through June 10 and from Sept. 8 through Nov. 25.

Simulcasting schedules remain unchanged through the end of the year.

"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."