Reopening of Northville Downs

MHHA Members,

Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate racing and Covid-19. We are pleased to announce some, much needed, good news. Tonight, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-160 and Executive Order 2020-161, which reopens licensed racetracks in Michigan. The orders allow for the reopening of licensed race tracks at 10 am on August 5th, 2020. Licensed racetracks must follow all orders issued by the Executive Director for reopening and operation consistent with the executive orders.

We have been in constant communication with Northville Downs and the Michigan Gaming Control Board and are working diligently on reopening dates for the facility for live horse racing (both fair races and pari-mutuel races) and betting.

As soon as we have more details on the exact dates and times we hope to return to live racing we will let members know. We will also provide details on protocols that must be followed to ensure our safe reopening.

We have requested dates for some summer fair races at Northville Downs and are tentatively planning on the following dates, pending approval from the MGCB:

August 12th – Colt Stakes at Northville Downs – Enter Monday, Aug. 10th, 10:30 am-12 pm.

August 18th – Great Lakes Stakes at Northville Downs Enter Friday, Aug 14th, 10:30 am-12 pm

Horsemen would enter on Friday for each of these Tuesday races, but we will confirm the final details once we have approval.