Michigan Thoroughbred live meet contract moves to Gaming Control Board

The Michigan Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association and Mount Pleasant Meadows have reached an agreement on a live Thoroughbred meet for 2011 and sent the contract to the Michigan Gaming Control Board for approval.

From the Michigan HBPA website…

MT. PLEASANT MEADOWS: The contract between the HBPA and Mt. Pleasant Meadows has been signed and sent to the MGCB for review and approval of the assessment fee and additional race dates. In addition, the contract requires a policy to cover jockeys, efforts are underway to secure a policy prior to opening day.

Race dates: 30 days starting July 23, 2011 – October 30,2011, Saturday and Sunday

Stewards are available Wednesday and Sunday mornings for clocking and licenses.

Condition Book will be available soon.

The meet’s 30-day schedule was leaked a few weeks ago, but this is the first time the HBPA has come out with a statement on its website regarding the details of the proposed meet.

Once the contract passes the state’s final hurdle, the meet ought to become official. Details on the meet’s schedule, including first post times and whether or not races will be run during the Isabella County Fair (Aug. 6-14) should be made available at that point.

As always, keep it here for further updates.

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5 responses to “Michigan Thoroughbred live meet contract moves to Gaming Control Board

  1. Glad to see you are getting a thoroughbred meet at Mount Pleasent Meadows. Not ideal, but better than not racing. If at all possible, you want to race during the county fair as it would provide free exposure.

  2. THE only hope I can see is for Hazel Park to go Tbred and Northville Downs and Sports Creek to catch HP harness. Hazel Park is MUCH more accessible to a much larger population than either Mt Pleasant or Pinnacle. In addition, it has a TBred history and the track, while short, has chutes in place, and could be the Midwest’s Fairplex.

    Is there ANYONE else who agrees, and can help push this idea for 2012?

  3. ragman

    WP
    I agree and evidently some horsemen are of the same opinion because they have have approached HP. Does HP want to??? Nobody knows.

  4. How much, if any, pressure can be put on HP, the MI-HBPA, and the MGCB? The way it is going, with cutbacks in dates and handle, Michigan will completely lose horse racing – harness AND thoroughbred.
    This would suck for a LOT of people who depend on racing for all, or much of their livelihood, as well as those of us who enjoy LIVE racing.
    For my part, I am going to write and call as many people as I can and try to promote the idea.

  5. Have they now Ragman? Please enlighten to whom has approached them and how you know this for fact?

    My real life nick name name is Longshot, it was handed to me in 1975 so the Horsemen know who I am in person.

    William Pittman

    And Pressure Hazel Park. WHY?

    95% of the T.B. horsemen want no part of Hazel Park and their pin up boy Dan Adkins.

    But you definitely hit a point with: Michigan will completely lose horse racing – harness AND thoroughbred.
    This would suck for a LOT of people who depend on racing for all, or much of their livelihood, as well as those of us who enjoy LIVE racing.

    Exactly why the T.B. should withdraw their consent for the T.B. signal to be simulcasted. I want to see this State take a jolt when no more Revenue from horse racing comes in and people like who have no other option than to flock to Windsor and give your American dollars to them.

    Promote what Idea? Pinnacle is still standing.

    Let all of horse racing be shut down here. It just might gain some fast legislation like the other States that surround us with Racinos. Windsor, Indiana and one signature away in both Ohio & Illinois.

    We don’t need to race in 2011 to run anywhere. PRC’s down presently but in no way out, but if they were?

    Back to Fairgrounds would be my promotion. H.P. can go to hell.

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