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Dates Approved for New Detroit Racetrack

Dates Approved for New Detroit Racetrack

Michigan's racing commissioner approved on Oct. 31 the 2008 dates for a new racetrack to be built near Detroit. The track, named Pinnacle Race Course, was granted 63 days of live racing beginning July 18. The 10,000-seat racetrack project, near the Detroit Metro Airport, includes 200,000 square feet of retail developement.

Michigan Budget Crisis Could Halt Horse Racing

Michigan'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.

Michigan Horseman Miller Dies at Age 76

Bob Miller, a leading Michigan Thoroughbred trainer and breeder and a defensive tackle on the Detroit Lions' powerhouse teams that won three NFL titles in the 1950s, died Monday after a long bout with cancer. He was 76.

Adam Campola Named Great Lakes Steward

The Michigan Racing Commission has named Adam Campola, the clerk of scales at the major Maryland tracks since 2000, steward at Great Lakes Downs. The six-month meeting opens May 6.

Creative Miss Named Michigan Horse of the Year

With Creative Miss at the top of the list, Michigan's leading 2005 state-bred horses were announced by state racing commissioner Christine White March 11 during the Michigan Horse Council's International Stallion Expo at the Michigan State University Agriculture Pavilion in East Lansing.

Michigan Jockey Gets Fine, Seven-Year Suspension

Jockey Roberto Perez, who allegedly bet an Oct. 4 race at Great Lakes Downs and left the horse he rode off the tickets, was suspended for seven years and fined $7,000 by stewards in Michigan.

Michigan Jockey Perez Suspended in Probe

Jockey Roberto Perez was suspended by Michigan racing officials this week for allegedly placing wagers on his own behalf while excluding the horse he rode in the fourth race at Great Lakes Downs on Oct. 4.

Magna Entertainment Lands Michigan Racing License

Acting Michigan Racing Commissioner Christine C. White awarded the one available racetrack license in the Detroit Metropolitan area to Michigan Racing Inc., a fully owned subsidiary of Magna Entertainment Corporation (MEC).

Rockem Sockem Named Michigan Horse of the Year

Rockem Sockem received the 2004 Michigan Thoroughbred of the year honor during the Michigan Horse Council's International Stallion Expo at the Michigan State University Agriculture Pavilion in East Lansing on March 14.

Michigan Racing Commissioner to Leave Post

Michigan Racing Commissioner Robert Geake said he would leave his post when his term expires at the end of December, and that he hopes to make the long-awaited decision on granting a suburban Detroit racetrack license before he goes.

Passage of Michigan Proposal Hinders Racing

Michigan voters effectively sounded the death knell for racinos in the state when they passed the anti-gambling Proposal 1 by a 58%-42% margin with 98% of precincts reporting.

Michigan Ballot Initiative Now Considered a Toss-Up

Michigan Ballot Initiative Now Considered a Toss-Up

Thanks largely to an advertising onslaught led by Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Michigan's Proposal 1, the ballot initiative that would effectively prohibit racinos in the state, has slipped dramatically in polls and is now considered a toss-up in the Nov. 2 election.

MEC Sells Great Lakes Downs in Lease-Back Deal

Magna Entertainment Corp. has sold Great Lakes Downs in a lease-back deal that will allow it to operate a live Thoroughbred meet at the western Michigan facility and pursue plans for Michigan Downs, a proposed racetrack in the Detroit metropolitan area.

Great Lakes Downs License Transfer Approved

Michigan Racing Commissioner Robert Geake said Aug. 9 he would authorize the transfer of the license for Great Lakes Downs near Muskegon from MI Racing Inc., a fully owned subsidiary of Magna Entertainment Corp., to Richmond Racing.

Michigan Racino Bill Still in Conference Committee

Officially there is still life in legislation to introduce video lottery terminals to Michigan racetracks. But following an Aug. 4 vote in the state legislature, the breathing is shallow and the pulse is weak.

Some For, Some Against Michigan License Transfer

Groups for and against the proposed transfer of Michigan's Great Lakes Downs racing license had their say at a state racing commission hearing in Lansing July 29. And what they said was nothing more than expected.

Michigan Racino Measure Still Faces Obstacles

Legislation to legalize video lottery terminals at Michigan racetracks took a tenuous, toddling step forward April 29 when the state Senate narrowly approved a racino bill after nearly a year of inaction. But much work remains.

Application Filed for New Michigan Track

A fifth application for a new racetrack in Michigan was filed Monday by a group of black Republican investors who want the facility to be a family theme park with hotel, restaurant, shops, and IMAX theater.

Michigan Senator Predicts Passage of VLT Bill

A member of the state Senate committee considering legislation that would allow video lottery terminals at Michigan racetracks predicted the week of March 22 that the bill would be voted out of committee and passed by the Senate this spring.

Battle Brewing Over Proposed Michigan Track

Magna Entertainment Corp. chairman Frank Stronach wants to get things moving with his company's proposed racetrack in Romulus, Mich., but state racing commissioner Robert Geake reiterated Thursday that much remains to be accomplished before any action can be taken.

Here and There...

The WinStar Derby and WinStar Sunland Park Oaks will be televised nationally by Fox Sports... Goldinrunner has been honored as 2003 Michigan-bred Thoroughbred horse of the year...The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's next "New and Prospective Owners Seminar" is scheduled for Friday at Turfway Park.

Magna Makes Moves on Michigan Downs

Magna Makes Moves on Michigan Downs

Magna Entertainment Corp. removed another obstacle to bringing Thoroughbred racing back to the Detroit area on Tuesday when it applied to transfer its Great Lakes Downs racing license to a Delaware corporation.

Michigan Sets Racing Schedule for 2004

Great Lakes Downs, Michigan's only all-Thoroughbred racetrack, was awarded 118 days of racing in 2004 under an order signed by Michigan racing commissioner Robert Geake.

Magna Makes Plans for Detroit Racetrack

Magna Entertainment Corp. Monday unveiled plans for a $100-million racetrack and entertainment project near Detroit International Airport.

Racetrack Gaming Measure Passes Michigan House

Legislation to allow electronic gaming at Michigan racetracks was approved by the state House of Representatives May 22, just two days after the release of a poll that indicated the public overwhelmingly disapproves of the prospect.

Racing Relief Package Offered by Michigan Lawmaker

Another legislative package that would bring video gaming to Michigan racetracks has been launched in the state House. And while circumstances point to this attempt as having the best chance yet of becoming law, lurking in the corner is the 600-pound gorilla of the Michigan gaming industry--the Detroit casino lobby--ready to quash any infringement upon its territory.

Purse Pool Stay Denied in Michigan

For the third consecutive time, a motion to stay the horsemen's simulcast purse pool distribution was denied by a Michigan court judge.

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