Michigan Gaming Control Board approves 2011 racing dates

The Michigan Gaming Control Board recently approved the 2011 racing schedules for Michigan’s five pari-mutuel racetracks.

The schedules are significantly larger than those run in 2010, but as it has been proven in previous years, these dates are far from written in stone and are subject to change at a moment’s notice. Any modifications in the flat racing schedules will be reported as they become official.

The Michigan HBPA website reports the dates for Pinnacle Race Course…

The Executive Director [Richard Kalm] has determined and concluded that the applicant complies with the standards and the requirements for granting a race meeting license and simulcast permit under the Act and Administrative Rules.” The order indicated that the licensee is subject terms and conditions.

84 race days approved: Begins May 27, 2011 through October 29,2011.

– 3 days a week Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from May 27 through June 25
– 4 days a week Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays June 28 through October 29

From the Mount Pleasant Meadows Facebook page

Mount Pleasant Meadows has been granted a total of 23 Mixed Breed race dates, from Saturday, May 14, 2011 through Sunday, August 21, 2011;

– One day per week, Saturdays, from Saturday, May 14, 2011 through Saturday, June 4, 2011;
– Two days per week, Saturdays and Sundays, from Saturday, June 11, 2011 through Sunday, August, 21, 2011;
– No racing on August 7, August 13 and August 14, 2011.”

The Michigan Harness Horsemen’s Association reports the schedules for the state’s three Standardbred racetracks…

Hazel Park (50 dates)
Friday May 6, 2011 through Saturday August 27, 2011
(Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays)

Sports Creek (33 dates)
Saturday January 1, 2011 through Sunday February 6, 2011
(Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) 17 dates

Friday November 25, 2011 through Saturday December 31, 2011
(Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) 16 dates

Northville Downs (24 dates)
Friday February 11, 2011 through Saturday April 30, 2011
(Fridays and Saturdays)

Northville Racing Corporation (24 dates)
Friday September 2, 2011 through Saturday November 19, 2011
(Fridays and Saturdays)

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4 responses to “Michigan Gaming Control Board approves 2011 racing dates

  1. I see, Pinnacle and MPM will be running on the same days. This will make it tough to get riders, again….hope its true that MPM is running. I haven’t heard rumors good or bad. Just quiet… which is usually not good.

  2. mibredclaimer

    I thought Pinnacle and MPM running on the same days was strange, too. Especially considering that Pinnacle isn’t running Sundays for the first part of the meet. Seems like they’d do what they did in previous years and have the stewards come up to MPM on the off days in Detroit. But who knows?

  3. Old Time Race Fan

    As Arte Johnson used to say on the old television show “Laugh In”… “very interesting”.
    Just looking at the handle for Churchill Downs this week (not the Breeder’s Cup). They handled more on one race in the Win pool only than Pinnacle handles in a whole day of racing. So something must be done, it seems, or they’ll just have to close the doors. While it is out of the box and no doubt will be seen as controversial, I give Mr. Campbell credit for trying something.
    Since the Detroit casinos basically just shut the doors to horse racing in Michigan, all you can do is try to get in through another door! Thanks for the news.

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