– Mount Pleasant Meadows will not host live racing for the next two weekends because the Isabella County Fair will be using the facilities for its activities. During the fair, the track’s surface and grandstand will host tractor pulls and two nights of demolition derby. Though the notion of large metal objects smashing against one another may sound like a track groundskeeper’s worst nightmare, I do not recall an instance where it has affected the racing afterward. Live cards will pick back up on Aug. 23.
For a schedule of the 2009 Isabella County Fair, click here.
– The Associated Press reports four Michigan stewards – Jeff Dye, Tammie Erskine, Patrick Hall and Eric Perttnuen – are filing a lawsuit against the Michigan Office of Racing Commissioner claiming they were illegally punished for supporting Republican gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos in the 2006 election.
Dye and Erskine were let go June 1, while the others have seen significant reductions in their hours. At the time the story was published, ORC representatives said they had not seen the lawsuit.
– The Daily Racing Form reports former Detroit Race Course steward Bob Clark died Friday, several weeks after suffering a neck injury. He was 78.
Clark was a steward at DRC from 1978 until the track closed in 1998. He also worked at Tampa Bay Downs in Florida, Arapahoe Park in Colorado and Thistledown in Ohio. Clark most recently worked at Thistledown as a steward until his injury. Funeral arrangements are pending.
– This doesn’t really qualify as Michigan news, but I’m throwing it in anyway. The Thoroughbred Bloggers Alliance has added four new members to its fine stable of blogs. Be sure to give them a visit and leave them some nice comments. The newly added blogs are listed below…