Covid-19 Update – March 22

Members,

As we continue to deal with the growing number of cases of Covid-19 in Michigan The MHHA is working hard to keep members informed, be as proactive as possible, and plan for both the best and worst. The Governor recently signed a new executive order (2020-20) that extends the shutdown of Northville Downs to the public through April 13th.

The MHHA and Northville continue to be in constant communication with each other as well as with the MI Gaming Contol Board as we move forward. This week, we formally requested to provide a weekly training day at Northville Downs to allow horsemen to ship in and train their horses over a superior racing surface in preparation for the resumption of live racing at Northville Downs. Once we have the approval to offer the facility to horsemen for the purposes of training we will share that information.

Additionally, Northville Downs is actively negotiating with an online provider and the MI Gaming Control Board in an effort to get advanced deposit wagering (ADW) up and running as quickly as possible. We understand that a prolonged shutdown for wagering negatively impacts our purse account and our horsemen. Getting ADW legally up and running as quickly as possible may help mitigate those negative impacts.

Our goal remains to resume live racing and simulcasting as soon a possible while keeping the health and safety of all involved in mind. You can stay up to date on the latest information on Michigan’s response to Covid-19 here.

Tom Barrett,
MHHA President