Horsemen: Please note that post time for the upcoming live race meet at Northville Downs will be 7:00 pm. The schedule for qualifiers at Northville for the remainder of the meet is March 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, and April 2nd.
The MHHA is now accepting nominations to the 2014 Great Lakes Championship Series for 2-year-olds and Michigan Colt Stakes for 3-year-olds. Final approval of the program is pending, but is expected to feature eight weeks of racing at Michigan county fairs for estimated purses of $8,000 with a $165 starting fee. Michigan 3-year-olds will compete in an eight week Silver Circuit with estimated purses of $8,000 and a starting fee of $165. All purses are subject to state funding and final budget approval from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Announcement of this summer's colt stakes program has been delayed due to various funding and facility uncertainty, so nomination and sustaining deadlines have been pushed back. Click the links below to print the 2014 nomination form due March 31st.
Nomination Form (Great Lake Championship Series (2YOs) & Michigan Colt Stakes (3YOs)
Nomination and sustaining fees for both programs are unchanged from last year. Great Lakes Championship Series nomination/sustaining fees are $600/$600 for non-Michigan Sired horses and $500/$500 for Michigan Sired horses. For the Colt Stakes Silver Circuit, nomination/sustaining fees are $500/$500.
Several changes were made to this year’s program based on feedback from horsemen. Those changes include a reduced entry fee in both programs and a separate division for Michigan Sired horses in the Great Lakes Championship Series. The establishment of a Michigan Sired division will prevent non-Michigan Sired horses from being “trapped” in a division where they are unable to compete.
In addition to the Great Lakes Championship Series and Michigan Colt Stakes, this summer's fair racing program will offer 75 overnight events. Following several years of limited fair overnights, the more robust schedule of overnights was a popular part of last year's summer fair racing program. Overnights are an especially important part of this year's program in light of the abbreviated race dates at Michigan's pari-mutuel tracks.
Northville Downs hosted fifteen qualifying races on Wednesday (Feb. 26th) with a total of 87 horses preparing for the start of the March 7th harness meet at the suburban Detroit track. A much greater number of horsemen than usual were eager to take to the track following a nearly two month break here in Michigan. Track conditions were reported to be good, especially in light of the challenging weather we have faced here recently. The fastest pace event went in 1:59.1 while the quickest trot went in 2:03.2.
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