– David Belknap, a placing judge at Pinnacle Race Course and former Thoroughbred trainer, died Wednesday at his farm near Pinckney, Michigan. The Daily Racing Form reports he was found in the paddock after apparently being kicked by one of his horses. Funeral arrangements were not immediately available.
– The 2010 meet at Mount Pleasant Meadows has been shortened by a week. The final day of racing at the central Michigan mixed breed track is now scheduled to be Aug. 1.
– The Detroit News wrote a feature about Pinnacle Race Course on Thursday outlining the challenges the New Boston track has faced this year. Topics discussed in the article include the severe cut in race dates following racing’s transfer to the Michigan Gaming Control Board, the rising cost of regulation, and the possibility of Thoroughbred racing returning to Hazel Park for the first time since 1984.
– Mount Pleasant Meadows is holding a contest on its Facebook page, with the winner receiving a set of goggles signed by the track’s jockey colony. To enter, become a “Fan” of Mount Pleasant Meadows on Facebook, then this Monday between 6-6:30 p.m., a prompt will go up on the page’s wall asking who won the seventh race on the preceding day’s card. The first person to answer correctly wins the prize.