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Horse racing fans may enjoy 42 weekends of live racing at Detroit-area tracks in 2018

Detroit, October 27, 2017  --  Michigan horse racing fans may enjoy 42 weekends of live racing from March through mid-December 2018 at Detroit-area tracks under race meeting orders issued today by the Michigan Gaming Control Board.

“Northville Downs and Hazel Park Raceway combined should offer at least 800 live races on weekends during their meetings next year,” said Richard Kalm, MGCB executive director. “The 100 days of live pari-mutuel races will equal the tracks’ 2017 live racing days.”

Northville Downs was granted 60 days of live standardbred race dates on Fridays and Saturdays split into late winter/spring and autumn sessions. Racing will take place from Friday, March 2, through Saturday, June 9, and resume Friday, Sept. 7, through Saturday, Dec. 15. Post time will be at 7 p.m.

Hazel Park was granted 40 days of thoroughbred horse race dates from Friday, May 4, through Saturday, Sept. 15. Post time will be 7:20 p.m. except on June 29 when it will be at 6:30 p.m.

Live racing will occur concurrently at the tracks on Fridays and Saturdays from May 4 through June 9 and Sept. 7 through 15.

The tracks offer simulcasting throughout the year featuring races held at other tracks.

"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."