The MHHA is proud to announce the 2018 Michigan Stakes program. This year our program will consist of 7 weeks of races at the Michigan county fairs and 1 week at the parimutel track. Estimated purse levels are $6,700 per division contigent on available funding from the Michigan Department of Agriculture. We are also pleased to be offering the following stakes races for Michigan-Sired only 2 and 3 year olds – the Michigan Sire Stakes and the Great Lakes Stakes, both to be raced at Northville Downs.
The post time for June 9th races is 1:00 p.m.
POST TIME 12 NOON
ENTER SATURDAY JUNE 9TH
PHONE ENTRIES SATURDAY JUNE 9TH 9 AM -12 NOON CALL 517-294-0003
GATE FEE $20.00 PER COLT
CLASSIFIED BY AGE, GAIT AND TIME
RACE BIKES ON THE GATE
HELMETS REQUIRED, DRIVING COLORS ARE NOT REQUIRED
LICENSE DRIVERS AND TRAINERS ONLY ON TRACK
STALLS AVAILABLE- NO STALL FEE (NO STRAW ALLOWED)
PICNIC LUNCH HOTDOGS AND BRATS
BRING A DISH TO PASS
FOWLERVILLE EQUISTRAIN TEAM ON SITE SELLING POP AND WATER
Please click the below for the nominating and sustaining books. Please note, the Colt Stakes Sustaining book is as of the April 15th sustaining payment. A late supplemental sustaining payment may be made by May 15th.
Reminder to all horsemen:
Northville Downs will be holding a double draw today for races Thursday night and Friday night. Those interested should contact the Northville Downs Race Office or enter online through the USTA.
Below please find a link to the Sire Stakes Conditions for the Foals of 2017. All 2017 Michigan sired foals that are the first foal per year, except for twins, carried to term by the natural mother are eligible for nomination by June 30, 2018. Michigan sired is defined as a foal sired by a Standardbred stallion that was leased or owned by a resident or residents of this state and registered with the Michigan Department of Agriculture for the year of conception. Michigan sired foals conceived inside the state or outside the state by means of transported semen are eligible.
If you have questions please contact the MHHA.
In an effort to leverage the recent revenue gains after the closing of Hazel Park and to build on the current positive momentum, Northville Downs has made a request to MGCB to amend the 2018 live racing schedule to continue racing through the summer months with no stoppage in live racing during the summer months. Live racing will continue on from this point with our live schedule concluding on September 22. MHHA anticipates that MGCB will review and support this request shortly, and issue a revised live racing order.
The MHHA is currently seeking volunteers for the Northville 4th of July Parade. The parade will take place at 10 am on Wednesday, July 4th. This year’s theme is “It’s A Grand Ol’ Flag”. Interested individuals should contact Crystal Serra at (586) 524-3006 or by email at email@example.com
Northville Downs will hold a double draw Monday for both Friday and Saturday. Condition sheets will be updated Monday.
The MHHA was notified that Northville Downs has sold the right to develop their property in downtown Northville. Northville Downs has released a statement (linked below) expressing their commitment in 1) continuing racing through 2020 at the track and 2) interest in building a new track for racing pending changes to the horse racing laws in Michigan. We will continue to work with our partners to assess what this means for the MHHA and our members.
Driver Charles Taylor had the hot hands on Saturday night (April 14) at Northville Downs, winning the first five races of the night on the way to a driving six-bagger.
Taylor opened the evening with a score behind T Red ($8.20) and then lit up the toteboard with Lansdowne Road ($146.40) in race two. His streak continued with Noko ($5.20) in race three, Rasmus ($7.60) in race four and Fly`n Ellie ($14.60) in race five.
Taylor was just nipped in his effort for six straight when Special Strides finished second by three-quarters of a length in race six.
Taylor got back on the winning track in race 10 when How Tweet It Is ($29.20) reached the finish line first in the final race of the night.
April 15th is the deadline for the Colt Stakes Sustaining Payments as well an opportunity for individuals to make a Late Supplemental Nominating Payment. All Payments must be post marked by April 15th. The MHHA recommends sending payments via certified mail to verify payments were made on time.
If you have questions please contact the MHHA.
Qualifiers at Northville Downs that were previously scheduled for Friday are now scheduled for Saturday. For more information visit the US Trotting Association Website.
Fowlerville 13th Annual Horsemen’s Party is coming up!
SUNDAY APRIL 22, 2018 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Howell Elk’s Club
2830 E. Grand River, Michigan
Luncheon, Deserts and Cash Bar
Jog Cart Raffle: One ticket $25.00 or Five tickets $100.00
ALL PROCEEDS TO SUPPORT HARNESS RACING AT FOWLERVILLE FAIR.
DONATION OF AUCTION ITEMS NEEDED, IF YOU HAVE AN ITEM TO OFFER
PLEASE CALL ANY COMMITTEE MEMBER: CLAUDIA 517-294-0003, JERRY EARLS
810-599-9137 KELLY GOODWIN 517-404-7660 ANNE RUSSELL 734-660-4147
GOOD FOOD, GOOD FRIENDS, AND A GOOD TIME
COME AND ENJOY THIS HORSEMEN FRIENDLY EVENT
EVERYONE IS INVITED AND BRING A FRIEND
We received information early today that Hazel Park Raceway is closing after 70 years. While not a lot is known yet about the decision to close the track or the potential impact on horse racing this year. We are working with the Michigan Gaming Control Board and the Michigan Dept of Agriculture to understand the full impact of this decision on the MHHA and its members. An article on the decision to close Hazel Park is linked below.
The Michigan Dept of Agriculture and Rural Development has confirmed the first case of Equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM) for 2018. A 5 year old gelding tested positive for EHV-1. The horse that tested positive has been isolated and the stable where the horse originated is under quarantine. Below please find a link the to MI Gaming Control Order preventing horses from Perfecta Farm from entering at Northville Downs for this weekend as well as a link to the USTA website post on EHV precautions.
Reminder: the deadline to apply for the MHHA scholarship is April 15th
Attached is a link to the 2018 Summer program calendar. Post times are being finalized by the Michigan Dept. of Agriculture.
The MHHA is currently looking for a dependable individual who has interest in delivering the water truck and watering the track appropriate fairs for the Summer of 2018. Interested individuals should contact the MHHA for further details.
Horseman Dick Oldfield, 84, of Lexington, Ky., best known for training the top pacer True Duane, died March 11, 2018, in Louisville, Ky., after a short battle with cancer.
Born June 14, 1933, in Toledo, Ohio, he was the son of George B. and Maude (Smith) Oldfield.
Following his graduation from high school, Mr. Oldfield married and started his own trucking company and later with his father, George, Adrian Sand and Gravel Company which supplied sand and stone to build many of the state and local highways in southeastern Michigan and northwest Ohio. The location is now known as Lake Madison.
After his success in the gravel business, he chose to devote his time to the harness horse business. His first real success came in 1965 with the pacer True Duane p,3,1:56.4 ($366,050), who defeated the great Bret Hanover in his final lifetime start in a world record time.
Mr. Oldfield established Oldfield Farm in Adrian, Mich., in 1968 and had much success with his homebreds including Final Cheers p,1:49.3 ($1,112,659) and Thin Blue Line p,1:50.3f ($816,644). He believed that Michigan-sired horses could compete at the top levels in the Standardbred industry. One of the racehorses he was most proud to have trained was Royal Strength 2,1:57 ($409,298), voted the Dan Patch Award as top 2-year-old trotting colt in 1991. He continued to train horses up to the past year, enjoying his time in Lexington, Hoosier Park, and Pinehurst, N.C.
Mr. Oldfield is survived by his children, Patti (Bill) Gira, Cynthia Reed (Joe Yoerg) and Rick (Lucy); grandchildren, Robert (Laura) Reed, Corey, Christian Reed and Rachel; brother, Ronald; and dear friend, Carolyn Turner.
At his request, no services will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program or the charity of their choice.