Michael St Charles - Funeral Service

Our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Michael St Charles.

Funeral service will be Saturday, February 25th, in Hamburg at Borek Jennings Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 10am to 1pm, and the service at 1 o’clock.

Fingerprinting and Application Requirements for 2023

The Horse Racing Law of 1995 (Racing Act), MCL 431.301 through MCL 431.336, requires a person applying for a license to provide fingerprints. In 2023, before you can be granted a license, you must get fingerprinted, and the results must be received by the MGCB Licensing Office. See MCL 431.316(5). Fingerprints will not be taken by the MGCB Licensing Office at Northville Downs.

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Obituary - Jimmy Darrel Johnson

Johnson, Jimmy D., age 74, of Woodhaven, December 7, 2022. Beloved husband to Donna Johnson. Loving father of Wendy (Tim) Neighbors, Eric Johnson, and furbabies Max, Daisy Mae and Belle. Dearest grandfather to Alexis, Jenna. He is a loving uncle to many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Frances Johnson, and siblings Ima Buckner, Joe Johnson, Fred Little, Joann Tackett, Billie Jean Little, and Arnold Johnson. 

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2022 Michigan Breeders Futurity & 2022 Michigan State Champions

2022 Michigan Breeders Futurity

2022 Michigan State Champions

October 2022 MHHA Meeting

Members, please note that the October MHHA Board Meeting has been moved to October 26th at the Northville Library.

USTA District 2 Meeting - 10/18/22

The USTA District 2 Meeting will be held via zoom on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 2 p.m. District 2 includes members in Michigan and Indiana. You should have received an e-mail with instructions on how to register for the meeting and access the Zoom link or phone-in information.
This is your opportunity to vote on the 2023 rule change proposals, which may be found at (search for 2023 Rule Change Proposals), and other member discussion.
USTA staff and district directors will be in attendance.

Sire stakes checks 2022

Sire Stakes Purses payments will be issued by Northville Downs on October 3rd.  Horsemen should receive an electronic email from Northville Downs bookkeeper notifying them of the deposit.  If you do not have partnership W9 paperwork on file for your horses and updated banking deposit information on where the purse payments need to be deposited - that is going to delay the process as Northville will not release  purse payments without w9 information and banking information for tax reporting purposes.  W9s and banking forms can be sent to [email protected]

Fair Final Entries

FAIR FINAL UPDATE: The MHHA recommends all 2yr olds (Mixed company eligible only) enter for the fair final regardless of Monday’s races. REMEMBER TO ENTER ONLINE. Northville Downs will hold off on the draw until they receive the final standings based on the results of Monday’s races.
This means that NDs Fridays draw may not be posted until late Monday or even Tuesday bc they won’t know which races go early and which races go on the card.

Sept Board Meeting Rescheduled for Oct 6th

Members, please be advised due to scheduling conflicts and upcoming events that the MHHA Board meeting originally scheduled for Sept 15th is now being rescheduled for October 6th.

2022 Sire Stakes - Detention

Horsemen are encouraged to plan accordingly to ensure they are signed in to the detention barn before 12:15pm.  You must be in the detention barn no later than 12:15 pm any late arrivals for any reason will be scratched from the final. The barn area will open at 9am on Friday and Saturday. There will also be no schoolers or trainers on either day. 
Detention will be in designated stalls in Barn P at the end closest to the track/paddock entrance. Horsemen are encouraged to bring mesh gates (as they usually do). 
1. All Sire Stakes horses are to report/sign-in to  Detention barn P (entrance closest to paddock/track) no later than 12:15 pm. Reporting late to detention will result in the scratch of the horse from the final
2. Only Sire Stakes programmed licensed trainers and 1 licensed groom/owner designated per Sire Stakes horse are allowed in the detention area.
3. Horses may warm up from detention and return to detention after warm up before heading to the paddock
4. Horses enter and leave from the same doors - barn P the door on the same side as the paddock entry.  
5. Friday and Saturday Sire Stakes horses will both use stalls in barn P to eliminate any potential for contamination with overnight horses.  
6. Stalls with gates must be numbered and sire stakes horses are assigned stall numbers.  If there are multiple trainers with horses - please put them together, for example Trainer A has 4 horses, he would get stalled 5,6,7,8
7.A sign-in sheet will be available with a guard at the entrance to the detention area - name of horse, name of licensee and signature along with their MGCB ID. Mark time the horses entered detention. 
8. MGCB will have 2 judges on-site starting at 12:00pm for Friday and Saturday night Sire Stakes races for sign-in/reporting in Detention Barn P
9. Northville Downs will provide staffing from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm in detention to allow judges to report back to the judges booth

MHHA Board of Director Elections

Want To Run for the MHHA Board of Directors?
Candidates for election shall file a written petition signed by at least fifteen (15) voting members at the main office of the association by November 1st of the year prior to the year of the election. Any active member in good standing is eligible to be elected as a director. Incumbent board members shall always be candidates for re-election unless they specifically decline and do not need to submit a written petition. 

2022 Sire Stakes Finals - Entry List

Click here for a list of horses competing in the 2022 Sire Stakes Finals 

Sire Stakes Elimination and Final Entry Fee

The entry fee will be $1,000 for all horses regardless of whether your division requires eliminations. These will be payable on elimination day for those that need to race eliminations on Tuesday, Sept 30th and all other divisions will be payable on race day for the finals for all other divisions. Horses will not be allowed to race in the final if they have not paid their entry fee.  Paying entry fee on race day is consistent with how we handled sire stakes entries over the past 15 years as well as how we handle the colt stakes, breeders stakes, spartan stakes and great lakes stakes. 

Cadillac Overnights 2022

The Cadillac overnights are currently canceled due to track conditions and weather. We are working with the State of Michigan to determine the next steps to get those races run and/or to shift those races. We will provide more information as it becomes available.

2022 Yearling Sale at Fowlerville

First Annual Winner's Circle Speed Sale

The sale will take place this year at the Fowlerville Fairgrounds, 8800 Grand River Road, Fowlerville, Michigan, 48836.  The sale date is scheduled for September 29, 2022, and will begin at 12:00 noon.  Move in date is September 28, 2022, and you must have horses moved out after the sale on September 29, 2022.

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Michigan Officials Warn Horse Trainers, Owners About New Scam

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is urging horse trainers, horse owners, and others in the livestock industry to be cautious when accepting new clients or purchasing new animals. Scammers are posing as new clients who want to bring in their horses to be trained by local trainers, but their vehicle breaks down when transporting the animal, and the requests for money begin.

MDARD is currently assisting the Michigan State Police with a case in Otsego County where scammers were targeting horse trainers, horse owners, and others connected to the horse industry who are at least 60 years old and use social media to manage their business.

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Construction and Accident on I 69 W


Please be advised that there is an accident and construction on I-69 W for those of you headed to the fair races today. 

GLADA Races at Croswell and Fowlerville

GLADA will be hosting fair races in Croswell and Fowlerville Michigan. The Croswell race is July 14th and Fowlerville is July 25th. Both are at 5 pm. The trotting races will have a purse of $2000.00 and will have a $50.00 entry fee payable to GLADA. The horses will be seeded using the TrackMaster rating system as of the day of entry. It is open to all GLADA members and those amateur drivers that want to join. Entries for Croswell will be taken by Steve Oldford ([email protected] or 810.300.3234) until July 11th at 9 am and Fowlerville until July 22nd at 9 am.

Construction Near Charlotte

Horsemen, please be advised that Exit 60 in Charlotte is currently closed. Horsemen should enter Charlotte using exit 57 or exit 61.

Video Replay of 2022 Charlotte Races

As a reminder, the MHHA no pays to have the summer fair races recorded by our partners at Trot and Pace Marketing. Click HERE to watch the replays from the July 9th MI Sired-Only Colt Stakes races.