President Tom Barrett’s message:
As 2016 comes quickly to a close, I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your continued support and participation in our Association and our racing program – both at Northville Downs and at our great county fairs throughout the State. The holiday season and coming New Year bring about a sense of new beginnings and hope. 2017 will bring 54 days of racing at Northville Downs and a re-invigorated 2 and 3-year-old program. As we continue to face every new challenge and new opportunity together, I encourage each of you to become more involved in the Association. Your feedback and suggestions are appreciated. We have a lot of work ahead of us and we will get a lot farther together than on our own. In this newsletter, we have included the membership bylaws for your review. The Board will be recommending several changes to be approved by the membership. These changes are to update several sections that have become outdated as a result of our continual changing digital presence. It’s a reminder of the rules and requirements for membership in our organization. I’ve also listed the payment schedule for nominating and sustaining payments for the Michigan Breeders Stakes, Sire Stakes, and the Early Closing Colt Stakes. We heard your frustrations during this process last year and hope that you will utilize our website to pull down our updated form or call the office with any questions you have. To view the forms on our website, please go to the Horsemen tab à Nominating/Sustaining Forms for the applications. This is the first time in over 2 decades that our Early Closing Stakes and Breeders Stakes will be open to Michigan-bred horses – it is important to review the conditions of the program to determine if your 2 and 3-year-old is eligible. Sire Stakes is reserved exclusively for Michigan- SIRED horses. We encourage you to nominate and sustain early to avoid the late sustaining and nomination penalty. Mark these important dates on your calendars and contact your staking service. We have sent communications out to the staking services so they are aware of these deadlines but it is always good to confirm with them. The first due date is February 15, 2017.
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