Keyword: Michigan

  • Signature Spring is the first winner for Signature Red

    Signature Red, Zulu Magic Get First Winners

    Michigan-based Zulu Magic picked up his first winner when Poof Its Magic drew off to victory in his debut Aug. 19 at Hazel Park. Ontario stallion Signature Red was represented by his first winner Aug. 20 when Signature Spring won at Woodbine.

  • Graded Winner American Lion Sires First Foal

    American Lion, a multiple graded stakes-winning son of Tiznow, sired his first reported foal when a bay filly was born Jan. 31 at Red Riding Hood Stables near Holly, Mich.

  • Three Stallions Among Barn Fire Victims

    Officials at the Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association confirmed that Campbell Stables stallions War Image, Valid Trefaire, and Fire Blitz were among the horses that died in a Southern Michigan barn fire.

  • Pinnacle Race Course vacated its racing license for this year.

    MHBPA Hoping for T-bred Meet at Mt. Pleasant

    Mount Pleasant Meadows, a mixed breed racetrack in central Michigan, has a contract with horsemen for a 30-day live meet with Thoroughbred races making up the bulk of the cards, but racing hinges on approval by the MGCB.

  • Pinnacle in Negotiations for 2011 Race Dates

    The owners of the Detroit, Mich.-area Pinnacle Racecourse, which has been shuttered since November due to financial problems, including property tax issues, still want to host a limited racing schedule in 2011.

  • Pinnacle to Suspend Simulcast Operations

    Pinnacle Race Course officials shut down the Detroit, Mich.-area track following the end of its live meet Oct. 31 and announced that simulcast operations would be suspended until at least the spring 2011.

  • Budgetary Woes and Date Cuts Continue in MI

    The Michigan Gaming and Control Board, which announced in early March that it would trim the state's horse racing dates by more than half, has just dealt another blow to the local Thoroughbred industry.

  • Adkins Responds to MI Horsemens' Requests

    Dan Adkins, a Michigan racetrack official who has for the last 18 months been working on a petition that would allow eight casinos in the state, is moving forward with the measure -- with or without the support of horsemen.

  • MI Racing Officials Disagree on Casino Bill

    After several meetings, two Michigan horsemen's groups have remained unsuccessful in convincing Dan Adkins of Hazel Park to amend the language of a petition concerning the approval of eight new casinos in the state.

  • Michigan Racing Resorts to Casino Referendum

    Another showdown is brewing over whether Michigan racetracks should be allowed to open casinos in an effort to revive their struggling businesses. A group called Racing to Save Michigan wants voters to decide the issue in November 2010, and on Oct. 14, the Michigan Board of State Canvassers unanimously approved the form of a petition the group plans to circulate within the next six weeks.

  • Pinnacle Back on Track With Race Dates

    After Michigan horsemen experienced a scare of losing half of their summer/fall meet at Pinnacle Race Course, negotiations were held among the Michigan Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, the Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, and the Office of the Racing Commissioner to shave less than 10 days from the schedule.

  • Michigan's Racing Commissioner Takes Fed Job

    The Obama administration says it's named Michigan Racing Commissioner Christine White as state executive director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency.

  • Michigan ORC Trying to Salvage Race Dates

    The Michigan House and Senate are scrambling to find alternative funds for the Office of Racing Commissioner after a government order given the week of May 11 wiped out all the funds for Thoroughbred programs in order to pay state debts.

  • Budget Woes Force 63% Cut in Pinnacle Dates

    Pinnacle Race Course, which just opened last year, has been ordered to cut 2009 dates by 63% because of budget reductions in Michigan, the Michigan Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association reported May 20.

  • Michigan Gov. Slashes Thoroughbred Funding

    After an executive order from Gov. Jennifer Granholm that 100% of the $1.4 million earmarked for Michigan's Thoroughbred programs for 2009 would be used instead to deal with the state's immense budget deficit, local horsemen feared their industry would die a quick death.

  • Pinnacle Announces 2009 Schedule

    Pinnacle Race Course will open for its second season of live Thoroughbred racing on Friday, June 5, with the 82-day meet running through Saturday, Oct. 24.

  • Michigan ORC Bans Steroids

    Michigan horse racing commissioner Christine C. White April 1 gave notice to the state's horse racing industry that effective immediately, the presence of anabolic steroids will be prohibited in all horses entered to race at any pari-mutuel track in Michigan.

  • Pinnacle Reacts to Economic Conditions

    Economic conditions have led the operators of Pinnacle Race Course in Michigan to put some expansion plans on hold, but the track's inaugural meet in 2008 exceeded expectations, officials said.

  • Mountaineer Parent Closes Michigan Track

    The parent company of Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in West Virginia announced Dec. 4 it has ceased operations at Jackson Harness Raceway, a Michigan facility it purchased in 2005.

  • Service Stripe

    Service Stripe to Michigan

    Successful sire Service Stripe has been moved to James and Laura Jackson's Belair Farm near Highland, Mich.

  • Terry Houghton

    Houghton Glad to Return to Michigan

    After the Office of Race Commissioner granted a jockey's license to Terry Houghton, the veteran rider expressed his relief to once again be racing in his native state at the new Pinnacle Race Course near Detroit.

  • Terry Houghton

    Houghton: Glad to Be Back Home

    After the Office of Race Commissioner granted a jockey's license to Terry Houghton, the veteran rider expressed his relief to once again be racing in his native state at the new Pinnacle Race Course near Detroit.

  • Pinnacle Reaches the Top in Attendance

    Jerry Campbell, chairman and CEO of the new Pinnacle Race Course near Detroit, Mich., said he couldn't remember the last time horse racing was featured on the front page of The Detroit News. Even when the old Detroit Race Course was up and running 10 years ago, he failed to recall when the sport had been such a prominent topic of interest among local patrons.

  • MEC: Great Lakes Downs Sold

    Magna Entertainment Corp. has announced the sale of Great Lakes Downs to The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians for $5 million cash, less customary closing adjustments.

  • Hook Joins Pinnacle as Track Announcer

    Matt Hook has joined Pinnacle Race Course as track announcer, with additional roles as assistant racing secretary and track handicapper. The announcement was made July 16 by Pinnacle Race Course general manager Allan Plever.

  • Pinnacle Race Course Joins NTRA

    Pinnacle Race Course, the new Thoroughbred racetrack located near Detroit, Mich., has become a member of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association pending final NTRA board approval, it was announced July 15. Pinnacle will open its inaugural meet July 18.

  • Lonny Powell

    Powell Named Adviser for Michigan Track

    Racing executive Lonny Powell, chairman and principal of LTPowell Gaming & Racing Ventures & Advisors, has joined the Pinnacle Race Course team as senior adviser to owner Jerry Campbell, the racetrack said July 1.

  • Thayer Named Consultant for Pinnacle

    Damon Thayer, who owns Thayer Communications & Consulting and is a Kentucky senator, has officially been named general consultant/adviser for Pinnacle Race Course, the new Michigan racetrack scheduled to open July 18.