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Proposed 2015 Colt Stakes Program Announced

The Colt Stakes Committee has announced the proposed 2015 Colt Stakes racing program. The proposed program, which is dependent on anticipated state funding, will be presented at the annual Michigan Association of Fairs & Exhibitions meeting in early January and will then require Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development approval.

This years’ proposed program is similar to last year’s, but with a few changes. There will once again be a Silver Series for Michigan sired three-year-olds as well as a Great Lakes Series open to Michigan sired, Michigan bred, and Michigan owned two-year-olds. Two-year-old MOBs will race in separate divisions from Michigan sired horses. Nomination/sustaining fees will be $500/$500 for Michigan sired and $600/$600 for Michigan owned or bred. Entry fees will be $165 per event. Estimated purses are expected to be between $7,500 and $8,000 with MOBs racing for half of the estimated two-year old purse, or any splits of that half that MOB entries require.

Current state funding limitations necessitate that at least 60 MOB horses nominate to the Great Lakes Series to guarantee their inclusion in the program. If nominations fall short of that number, it will not be economically feasible to move forward with the MOB divisions in 2015. Should it become necessary, the MHHA reserves the right to refund MOB nomination fees and convert the two-year-old program to Michigan sired only.

In an effort to address the challenge of a shrinking pool of horses eligible for state funding, the committee responsible for summer fair racing programs is currently working on a proposal to incorporate Michigan Bred horses into the Colt Stakes program in the future. Including Michigan Bred horses as fully funded participants would not only dramatically increase the number of horses racing at Michigan fairs, but also support the state’s breeding industry by encouraging breeding to in-state mares. The goal is to expand the program to fully fund Michigan breds by as early as 2016.

Nomination deadline for this year’s program is February 15, 2015. Nomination forms will be available by mid-January once the proposed program has been approved by the MDARD. All program announcements will be posted on the MHHA website (http://www.mhha-online.com).

Awards Committee

All previous Dan Rathka Award winners and Hall of Fame members are invited to an Awards Committee meeting on Sunday, December 7th at 2:00 p.m. at Sports Creek Raceway.  We are looking for input for awards for the upcoming MHHA Banquet on January 24, 2015.

Michigan Para-Mutuel Races Scheduled for Dec. 10th & 17th at Sports Creek

The 2014 Michigan Pari-Mutuels for four-year-olds have been scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 10th and Wednesday, Dec. 17th at Sports Creek Raceway. The events will be conducted two divisions each along with qualifiers on those days. Pacers will race on Dec. 10th (enter Dec. 9th) and Trotters will race on Dec. 17th (enter Dec. 16th). Please contact the MHHA at 517-349-2920 with any questions.

2015 Licensing Available Beginning Nov. 28th at Sports Creek

Occupational licensing for the 2015 racing season will begin this Friday (Nov. 28th) at the MGCB offices at Sports Creek Raceway. Application forms are available online. Licensing will continue during the entire Sports Creek live race meeting. Information regarding licensing at Northville Downs will be available at a later date.

License application forms are available on the MGCB website (http://www.michigan.gov/mgcb/). Once on the MGCB website, select Horse Racing, then Forms from the left-hand menu. You will find the Occupational License Affidavit on the Licensing--Racing Forms page. Once you have completed the forms, they can either be brought to the track for processing or mailed to: MGCB-Horse Racing Section, 3062 West Grand Boulevard, Suite L-700, Detroit, MI 48202-6062. If you are mailing license applications to the MGCB, be sure to enclose payment.

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