Pinnacle Race Course sets opening date

From the Michigan HBPA website

MGCB RESPONDS: The Michigan Gaming and Control Board indicated today that “they have no objection to our agreement with Pinnacle.” With today’s action of the MGCB the 2010 season is scheduled to begin Saturday, June 5, 2010. Live days will be Saturday and Sunday.

Even though the race lacks any major drawing points for the fair-weather fan, opening on Belmont Stakes day ought to provide a nice additional bump to Pinnacle’s handle for the first day of the meet.

According to the HBPA website, Pinnacle is scheduled to conduct 44 days of live racing this year. Assuming the schedule stays the way it is drawn up (never a sure thing in Michigan), this equates to 22 weekends of racing through the end of October.

An interesting point to consider is that the schedule, as it stands right now, will require the MGCB to employ two sets of stewards to regulate both Pinnacle and Mount Pleasant Meadows, which will also run on Sundays through August. Last year, in a cost-cutting measure, the former Office of Racing Commissioner scheduled the two flat-racing tracks in a way that allowed one group of stewards to cover both venues. Then again, if the tracks are essentially paying their own ways this year, perhaps a set of stewards comes with the package.

So this gives us two opening weekends in a row; Mount Pleasant this Sunday and Pinnacle next Saturday. After a long, tumultuous winter and spring, it will be good to see the horses back out on the track.

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4 responses to “Pinnacle Race Course sets opening date

  1. Longshot

    Sad state of affairs when we go from 84 days to this. Racing two days a week on weekends. Can’t imagine whats going to happen in 2011.

    Bloodhorse had a headline that Pinnacle bought back days, which was 100% wrong. It was the Horsemen that bought the dates back. Through the nose I might add. $900,000.00 from their purse structure. If anything with only two days of racing, it shouldn’t be hard to fill the races. The tricky part is how to write a condition book for just two days worth of races.

    No doubt many will be shipping in since most of the biggest stables and Mi. trainers got stalls already at Thistle.

  2. old time race fan

    What I dont understand is the HBPA web site indicates that the state made well over the cost of officiating the races in simulcast revenue. So how do they get away with pocketing that loot and the making the horse men chip in again?

  3. ragman

    Racing Stewards get full pay if they are sent home early?

  4. Joe D

    Dam right they do !!! They wouldn’t show up otherwise.

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