Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association

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  • May 20, 2024 3:43 PM | Anonymous

    Our deepest condolences to the friends and family Susan "Sue" Frances Taylor. 

    A celebration of life for Sue Frances Taylor will be held May 26, 2024, at Kempf Family Funeral Cremation Services in Marshall from 2 - 6 p.m.

  • May 20, 2024 3:28 PM | Anonymous

    Gate Schooling - Centerville – St. Joesph County Grange Fair

    Saturday, May 25 at 1:00 p.m.

    Gate Schooling – Grand Rapids – contact Tim Roach at 810-441-0637 for additional details

    Monday, May 27, at 1:00 p.m.




  • April 24, 2024 3:34 PM | Anonymous

    Gate Schooling - Fowlerville  - Sunday June 2 at 12 pm

    Gate Schooling - Caro - Sunday June 9 at  1 pm 

    Gate Schooling - Hastings -  Sunday May 5th at 1 pm. If people are interested they should contact Ryan Verhage.

    Gate Schooling - Centerville – St. Joesph County Grange Fair Saturday May 25 at 1:00 p.m.


  • April 04, 2024 5:07 PM | Anonymous

    Peimine and peiminine are isosteroidal alkaloids and the major biological active constituents derived from the Bulbus Fritillaria plant (Fritillaria ussuriensis and Fritillaria thunbergia).  These Fritillaria alkaloids are reported to have anti-inflammatory, expectorant, antitussive, and other anti-tumor, antioxidant, and sedative pharmacological effects.  There are no FDA-approved Fritillaria-containing products.  To the extent that Bulbus Fritillaria-containing products exist, they are manufactured absent regulatory oversight – with unknown safety, efficacy, stability, and purity.  Fritillaria alkaloids are assigned a 4/B classification in the Association of Racing Commissioners International’s Uniform Classification (ARCI) of Foreign Substances, consistent with other substances with similar pharmacological activity lacking FDA approval.  The detection of Fritillaria alkaloids in the post-race sample can result in a horse’s disqualification, a fine, and suspension for the trainer. 

    Bulbus Fritillaria-containing products are marketed in a variety of over-the-counter herbal formulations claiming to support respiratory function, cardiovascular, and muscular performance.  Equine supplements and products known to contain Bulbus Fritillaria as an ingredient include but are not limited to the following: Open Air (Peak Performance Nutrients), Power Pak Nitro (Peak Performance Nutrients) and Respi-Free (Omega Alpha).  The concentration of fritillaria can be highly variable from one product to the next, as well as from batch to batch for a single product. Additionally, the amount of fritillaria may differ substantially from that declared on the label contents.  For these reasons, there is no reliable withdrawal guidance for the use of these products.

    Further, there may be other products containing this substance of which labels may not clearly indicate the presence of Bulbus Fritillaria but simply refer to a ‘proprietary blend of herbs’ so the end-user may not be unaware that the product contains a prohibited substance. 

    Horsemen are advised to exercise caution in using these products in proximity to a race.  Should a veterinarian determine treatment with fritillaria-containing products is warranted for a specific patient, clearance testing is recommended.

    For more information on Fritillaria, contact the RMTC at:  contactus@rmtcnet.com.  Find this and other RMTC Advisories & Bulletins on our website.

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    The RMTC is a 501(c) 3 organization comprised of 23 industry stakeholder organizations with a shared commitment to engage in research, education, and advocacy for science-based initiatives that promote the health and safety of the racehorse and the integrity of competition. More information can be found at RMTCnet.com.



  • February 26, 2024 10:10 AM | Anonymous
    If any of the horsemen/horsewomen have questions, they can contact Michigan Gaming Control Board at 313-456-4100 or 313-456-4199 as none of the MGCB telephone numbers at Northville Downs transferred over to the Detroit offices.

    Heather Gaunt

    Horse Racing Manager

    Online Gaming & Legal Affairs

    Michigan Gaming Control Board



  • February 15, 2024 12:31 PM | Anonymous

    The following is an update on payments to the horsemen from Northville Downs:

    • Races from 2/3 - 2/4: paid on 2/13
    • Cancellation from 1/18: paid on 2/14
    • Cancellation from 1/26 - 1/27: paid on 2/16

    We are still having issues emailing statements to the horsemen through the software we use. We are working to resolve this issue and hope to have it fixed later today. 

    Horsemen inquiries please call 248-349-1000 or email bookkeeper@northvilledowns.com

  • January 27, 2024 3:30 PM | Anonymous

    The race meeting licensee, Northville Downs, has advised that, due to weather conditions, the racetrack is unstable and unsafe. The State Stewards have inspected and verified the track conditions and determined that the condition of the track is a cause beyond the race meeting licensee’s control. Further, it is in the best interest of racing to cancel ensuring the safety of the horses, participants, and racing personnel. Therefore, it is ordered that live racing is cancelled at Northville Downs on Saturday, January 27, 2024

    View Official Order
  • January 26, 2024 5:10 PM | Anonymous

    Due to weather conditions, the racetrack is unstable and unsafe. The State Stewards have inspected and verified the track conditions and determined that the condition of the track is a cause beyond the race meeting licensee’s control. Further, it is in the best interest of racing to cancel ensuring the safety of the horses, participants, and racing personnel. Therefore, it is ordered that live racing is cancelled at Northville Downs on Friday, January 26, 2024

    View Official Order


  • January 15, 2024 8:46 AM | Anonymous

    Attention Horsemen: The draw for Friday, January 12 and Saturday, January 13, both cancelled for weather, will be transferred to this week Thursday, January 18 and Friday, January 19. Race order and post position will not change. 

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