Windsor Downs, which hopes to offer Thoroughbred racing in 2006, has been licensed by the Michigan Office of Racing Commissioner. It built, the facility would be the state's eighth pari-mutuel racetrack.Platinum Partners, whose principal is real estate developer Dorian Lange, was granted the license. Windsor Downs, which still requires approval from local government, would be located near the intersection of Interstates 69 and 96 southwest of Lansing, the state capital.Racing commissioner Robert Geake said his office performed due diligence and determined Windsor Downs meets the licensing requirements. No racetracks have been built in Michigan since 1989, when Muskegon Race Course, now called Great Lakes Downs, opened for live racing.
Michigan&#8217;s horseracing industry, already reeling from decreases in revenue and the possible closure of Great Lakes Downs after this season, is facing an Oct. 1 shutdown should the state legislature fail to approve a budget.