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Racing Dates Halved.
Can Racing be Saved?
Contact Christine White, Racing Commissioner.
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Have you seen The Michigan-Bred Claimer? It's a blog by Joe Nevills who writes on horses to watch in 2009 at Pinnacle Race Track.

2009 Racing Schedule June 5 through October 24;
82 days of live racing at New Boston's Pinnacle Race track.

How many racetracks are there in Michigan? (7)

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“TOBA is very excited to launch the industry’s first-ever New Owner Seminar webcast,” said Dan Metzger, president of TOBA. “The webcast will allow us to reach a wide new audience of potential owners, which will greatly benefit the entire sport.”To view the webcast simply visit TOBA.org or BloodHorse.com and complete the registration form.


Facts:1. Michigan horse racing is a $1.2 billion industry offering 26,200 jobs, $142 million in personal income and economic output of $443 million annually.
2. The industry also generates about $23.5 million annually in state tax revenues and supports capital facilities worth an estimated $570 million

3. In 2006, racing gave $1,183,485.35 in breakage fees to six local jurisdictions to cover the cost of police and fire and other services provided by the local unit of government to the track operations.

Here's an article about first-time pinhooking: all the details offered in a great story. It's by Hugh Mooney and ran on UltimateHorseSite.com


Jerry Campbell

Jerry Campbell called Owosso, Michigan home for many years and became chairman of the board for Republic Bancorp (now Citizens Republic). In 2003, with $5.2 billion in assets, Republic Bancorp was third largest bank holding company headquartered in Michigan and 83rd largest bank holding company in the country. A subsidiary, Republic Bank, serves customers in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana with 96 retail, commercial and mortgage banking offices and 93 ATMs.

Mr. Campbell has more than 35 years of banking experience and has been the principal organizer of nine new banks in Michigan and Florida by 2001. He previously held administrative positions with Universal Electric Co., Old Kent Bank and Pacesetter Financial Corp., all of Owosso, Michigan and was a faculty member at Wayne State University in finance, banking and investment.

Appointed to the Central Michigan University board of trustees in 1995, he served a two-year term as board chair and he is a 1962 graduate of CMU. In 2002, the Distinguished Alumni Award was given to Mr. Campbell and a residence hall on the campus was named in his honor.

In 2003, Republic Bank was awarded for the third time on FORTUNE's "100 Best Places to Work in America" list and named to Working Mother magazine's list of "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" three years in a row.

In 2000, according to Annette Bacola, Michigan's Racing Commissioner, Jerry and Lisa Campbell, a couple who have played a huge role in preserving Michigan's horse racing industry, were presented with the Commissioner's Award for Excellence. The Campbells started Great Lakes Downs, which opened for live racing in April of 1999. The closing of Ladbroke Detroit Race Course at the close of the 1998 season left Michigan without a dedicated Thoroughbred race track, and would most likely have driven Thoroughbred owners to other states or across the Canadian border to race. Because of the hard work and investment of time and money by Jerry and Lisa Campbell, Michigan's Thoroughbred racing industry has continued. The Campbells didn't just make a few decisions, write a few checks and leave the track to get by on its own. They have maintained active involvement in Great Lakes Downs to ensure its survival. In 2000, Mr. Campbell was listed as the CEO of the track and Ms. Campbell was the Secretary/Treasurer.


New steeplechase track in Illinois!

Female Jockey site

Great Lakes Downs website for Michigan flat racing


Transtional Training info from New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program for new ex-racehorse owners

Magna Quits Mi. Racing - so then what?

Gulfstream's experience with gambling full story;
Revisit 2004 issue:
There were 4 bills in 2003-4 when voters nixed track gambling.
-- 2004 analysis of the legislatiion from the Citizens Research Council of Michigan
full story


Horse Racing on Plastic!

Notes from the Michigan-Bred Claimer:
-- Racing to Save Michigan is a group petitioning to implement casino gambling and what hampers it;
--6-horse crash in harness racing;
--a few photos of the Muskegon race track and grounds. Go visit this site!

1/19 - Kentucky Democratic Governor Steve Beshear presented a 2-year budget relying on $700 milion in revenue raised from gambling machines at racetracks. Bloodhorse.com writes a comprensive article about "calling the state legislature's bluff." read it here
Can it happen here, too? Beshear acknowledged his support for racetrack gaming, which has become a political football in Kentucky. This year has been no different, with a game of cat-and-mouse between Democrats and Republicans in advance of a November election when half of the 120 legislative seats in the state will be up for grabs. We face the same situation here, with a lot of turnover seats up for grabs.

Take a look at what the casinos are STILL doing to Michigan horse racing. Great Lakes Downs becomes a Casino. Romulus - a few miles from our main race track - might be the site of an Indian-run casino. Get behind your racing brethren, speak out against casinos and support your horse industry.

Read the recent news in the Michigan Bred Claimer. http://mibredclaimer.wordpress.com/

Female Jockeys

There's a website devoted to the enterprising female jockeys in the U.S. Here's what they say:

On our site you will find interview with retired girl jockeys, girls just starting out and girls that have been riding for years. We have interviews with riders from all over the world. From the east coast to the west coast and even some from overseas! You will read about them growing up and how they became jockeys. You will read about their triumphs and tragedies and everything else in between.

Read this interview by Chris Forbes with Ohio-based Jane Magrell.


Sunday, August 23rd, 2009
MSU Pavilion, South Barn
East Lansing, MI
Show at 9:00 a.m.
Sale to follow at 1:00 p.m.

Call 231-798-7721 for more information

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Kentucky's Answer? Racetrack Gaming Bill Headed to KY House

By Tom LaMarra of Bloodhorse
Updated: Thursday, June 18, 2009 3:08 PM
Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2009 3:08 PM
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The Kentucky House Appropriations and Revenue Committee June 18 sent racetrack gaming legislation to the full House for consideration.

During a two-hour hearing that began at 1 p.m. EDT, committee members heard testimony from the bill’s sponsors. Many legislators said they believe it’s time for the issue to be voted upon by the House.

“This is a tough vote for me, but the issue is of such significance,” Democratic Rep. Mike Denham said. “I think the full House should have the opportunity to debate this issue.”

The legislation, which would devote hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue to school construction, calls for video lottery terminals at licensed racetracks in the state. The sponsor, Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo, said tracks would pay a total of $510 million in up-front licensing fees over five years, and a tax rate that would vary from 28% to 38%.

The legislation mandates that tracks offer the same number of live racing dates and simulcast dates as they do this year.

“In my opinion, in this type of legislation, we need to be very careful that we preserve our racing industry,” Stumbo said. “I don’t think any of us want to see (a reduction in dates). We want to boost and preserve our live racing circuit.”

It wasn’t immediately clear when the House would take up the bill.

Magna in Financial Trouble?

from www.bloodhorse.com, March 5:

With Magna Entertainment Corp. reportedly in financial peril, the California Horse Racing Board has called an emergency meeting March 6 to determine the status of the MEC-owned tracks in the state, Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields, as well as the company's licensed advance deposit wagering entity, XpressBet.com.

Rumors of a potential bankruptcy for MEC have accelerated recently following the Feb. 18 termination of a proposed spin-off of the financially-troubled horse racing entity from its parent company, MI Developments. Both companies, which are chaired by Frank Stronach, said it would be unlikely new debt financing could be arranged. more


2009 progeny to watch: those sired by The Deputy (Ire)

by Joe Nevills

"Every year, there seems to be one new or unheralded Michigan stallion whose progeny come up big and draw lots of mares to his breeding shed the following season," says Joe Nevills, author of the blog The Michigan-Bred Claimer. "In 2008, Elusive Hour's second crop produced the top two finishers in the Michigan Futurity at Pinnacle Race Course. Among them was two-year-old male of the year, Mr. Conclusive. In previous years, Equality's multiple stakes-winning freshman crop drew attention in 2007 and Island Storm's success with Weatherstorm generated similar buzz in 2006.

"With a large juvenile crop ready to hit the track this spring, the stallion with the best chance of claiming the unofficial title in 2009 could be The Deputy (Ire). The Deputy will send his first two-year-olds as a Michigan sire to the track this year, following his purchase by Hubel Farms in 2005.

"The 11-year-old Petardia horse began his stallion career at Kentucky’s Margaux Farm. There he saw moderate success, siring Panamanian champion Happy Buy and stakes winners at Hawthorne Race Course, Retama Park and Portland Meadows. He was then bought by Dexter Hubel and his son E.J. of Clare, Michigan to replace the farm’s recently sold stallion Quiet Enjoyment. Though success at the highest levels of Kentucky racing may have eluded The Deputy, the achievements of his foals at tracks of comparative class to Pinnacle could bode well for the dark bay stallion.

" The Deputy will have the most tries at siring a 2009 juvenile standout, enhancing his chances for success. In his first year as a Michigan sire, The Deputy covered 55 mares, producing 30 foals. These are both state-leading totals for 2006 breeding year.

"However, strength in numbers means little if none of his foals can live up to the hype on the racetrack.

"Because none of The Deputy’s foals from his stint in Kentucky have ventured into Michigan for any serious competition (there may have been a few odd ones in the claiming ranks, but none immediately come to mind), the only measuring stick available is the sight test.

"Though I was exposed to only a small sampling of his foals, the ones sent through the ring at last September’s Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association yearling sale were among the best looking in the barn. In particular, a gray filly named Dance in Delight, purchased by Sheila Inman for $1,700, looked well-developed and could be one to watch in the coming years.
" In terms of his on-track resume, The Deputy compares favorably to his contemporaries. As a 2-year old, he campaigned impressively at England’s Epsom Downs, where he was purchased by a Versailles, Kentucky-based syndicate group called Team Valor International. They sent him to California to begin the 2000 Kentucky Derby trail.

" Based at Santa Anita Park, The Deputy padded his Derby resume with a strong prep campaign.  
He defeated eventual Dubai World Cup winner Captain Steve in the Santa Catalina Stakes, then pushed eventual Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus to the limit in the San Felipe Stakes.  The Deputy capped off his spring with a win in the track’s premier Derby prep, the Santa Anita Derby.

"The Deputy left the gates in the 2000 Kentucky Derby as the second choice behind Fusaichi Pegasus. However, he failed to fire and finished a disappointing 14th in a field of 19. It was his last race.

"The Deputy is one of two stallions standing in Michigan to have started in the Kentucky Derby. He shares this distinction with Ulises, who ran in the Derby in 1994.  Owned by Pass Horse Farm, Ulises finished last in a field of 14 in the classic race. JN

Click here for The Deputy's pedigree

Visit The Michigan-Bred Claimer. It's a blog by Joe Nevills a college kid with a lifetime in Michigan racing. Look for more news from Joe here on GLHS about Michigan racing.




Ohio tracks hope to offer Thoroughbred meets in 2009 and may receive more ADW revenue. See Bloodhorse, Sept. 3 more

The head of Magna Entertainment Corp. said Aug. 6 a majority interest of Santa Anita Park could be sold to help the racetrack company reduce its debt load. 8-06-08

Magna Entertainment Corp. has announced the sale of Great Lakes Downs to The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians for $5 million cash, less customary closing adjustments.

Great Lakes Downs, which was closed by MEC last November, was offered for sale along with other tracks as part of a debt-reduction plan announced last year by the company. A one-paragraph MEC press release announcing the transaction said the $4.5 million net proceeds of the sale would be used to partially pay down the company’s bridge loan held by a subsidiary of parent company MI Developments.

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, which is based in Manistee, Mich., operates the Little River Casino Resort in that city, according to the Native American tribe's Web-site. A news release on the tribe's Web-site said it is "pursuing the establishment of a tribal casino in Muskegon and other economic development opportunities in the region."

Great Lakes Downs is located in Muskegon, Mich., about 80 miles south of Manistee. Both cities are located on the far western side of the state near Lake Michigan.

The track was listed in November for an asking price of $9 million. The property also includes 85 acres, according to the MEC release
Other properties it said it hoped to sell are Remington Park in Oklahoma and Thistledown in Ohio.

Is today's thoroughbred as tough as yesterday's?
A Blood-Horse Magazinestudy shows that foals born from 1970 through 1979 made an average of 20.42 starts. For foals born between 2000 and 2003, the average number of starts per foal has fallen to 13.15. Among older racehorses the decline has been even more dramatic. The starts per starter for horses 4 years old and older were 25.97 in the 1970s and have since fallen to 12.97, a drop of 50%, for the foals born in 2000 through 2003.

  “We know that not all racehorses are managed the same,” Eric Mitchell, executive editor for digital media of The Blood-Horse. “The graded stakes winner is managed differently than the claimer. So to better understand the trends, we grouped the stallions within each decade by the quality of their best runnerssires of grade I stakes winners, sires of a grade II or grade III stakes winners, sires of non-graded stakes winners, and finally sires that are not represented by any stakes winners. Besides looking at the starts of older horses, the study also looked at starts per starter of 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds. Among the stakes-producing sires by starts per foal and for starts per starter in each of the age groups, the same declining trend occurs. The study also looked at starts per starter of 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds. Among the stakes-producing sires by starts per foal and for starts per starter in each of the age groups, the same declining trend occurs.
A 200-page report comes out July 24 on the newstands.

  Notes from a Race-Goer on Opening Day:

Patti and I smiled all Friday afternoon, July 18, opening day at the new Pinnacle Race Course on Vining and Sibley.  I placed three bets worth $13 and I won $34.  She placed five bets at about $20.00 total and won $65.  We placed bets on horses whose owners we personally knew, such as Lauren Kramer’s mare in the 2nd race.  I also bet on horses trained by people I knew from having bought so many horses off the track for eventing and jumpers. One of these was Randy Russell whose horse won the 5th race. Patti also had a modest but highly effective betting system (still secret).  Just before we left, after the 5th race, my son showed up with his pals.  I gave them a tip on a trainer in the 6th race, John Rupert, and Patti gave him her tip on the 7th race.  I heard later that all three boys bet to win on my pick and he came in first!  They also won on Patti’s horse in the 7th.  What a day!

Anyhow, it was well worth the trip.   Wear a hat. Take sunglasses.   Maybe take an umbrella? A rain storm would catch a lot of people without cover.  The food is good.  You can get quite close to the horses before and after the races.  The staff is still ironing out the wrinkles in their equipment handling.  It took a long time for them to move the starting gate, for example.  Then they had recurring trouble loading horses.  When we left around 5:00, they had nearly caught up with their schedule. They were on the 6th race. That was fine as the betting lines were long down by the bleachers where we hung out and as you waited in line you could carefully read the race booklet.  All the buildings, tables, chairs, windows, food service areas were spick and span and roomy.  It was easy to see the races and peruse the crowd, too. And quite a crowd!  I heard it was over 3,000 people. Staff and visitors were all friendly and cheerful.

Directions to Pinnacle:  take 94 to I-275 and get off at Sibley, going east to Vining which is the entrance to the Course.  You can also get off at Eureka and find your way south somehow to Vining.  You might look at the map.  An alternate route to Sibley is a good thing to have.

Pinnace Race Course opens with races at 2:30 today.
Here's the 9-race card
Also, see the new website: Pinnacle

Off I-275 and Sibley, just south of Metro Airport

Live racing:
Summer schedule -- Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, through Aug. 30.
Fall -- Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 1-Nov. 1
Post time: 2:30 p.m. daily, 4 p.m. Sundays.
Information: pinnacleracecourse.com or (734) 753-2000

Pinnacle scheduled to open with live racing, July 18, 2008
with purses up to $15,000 on opening day plus the $50,000 Lansing Stakes building Pinnacle Race Track

Barn opening postponed to July 14.
See Pinnacle website for news, forms, employment opportunites


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The Thoroughbred Safety Committee recommends the elimination of steroids in race training and racing, a ban on toe grabs, and several whip-related reforms. June 17.
In regard to steroids, the committee calls for:
--The immediate adoption by all North American racing authorities of the RCI Model Rule on Androgenic Anabolic Steroids that was based on Racing Medication and Testing Consortium recommendations, which effectively eliminate the use of all anabolic steroids in the race training and racing of Thoroughbreds.

--All North American racing authorities to implement the model rule no later than December 31, 2008.
In regard to shoes and hoof care, the committee calls for:

--An immediate ban on toe grabs other  than 2-millimeter wear plates, turn downs, jar caulks, stickers and any other  traction devices worn on the front shoes of Thoroughbred horses while racing or training on all racing surfaces.

--The Association of Racing Commissioners’ International (RCI) and all North American racing authorities to implement this ban by rule as soon as possible, but no later than December 31, 2008, and for all racetracks to consider immediately implementing this ban by “house rule” in the interim.

In regard to use of the whip or riding crop, the committee recommends that:

--Only riding crops approved by the RCI Model Rules Committee, in consultation with the Jockeys’ Guild, be allowed in flat racing.

--Several specifications and new rules be initiated, including one regarding mandatory shock-absorbing characteristics, as well as the prohibition of striking a horse with the arm [raised] above shoulder height.

--Horses be subject to an inspection after each race by a regulatory or track veterinarian who will report his or her findings to the stewards.

--The Association of Racing Commissioners’ International (RCI) and all North American racing authorities adopt these amendments to the RCI Model Rule on “use of the whip” as soon as possible, but no later than December 31, 2008.

Big Brown's Pedigree
2005, Boundary - Mien, by Nureyev

Breeder: Monticule (Ky.);Owner: IEAH and Paul Pompa Jr.;Trainer: Richard Dutrow Jr.Regular Rider: Kent Desormeaux
An intriguing aspect of Big Brown's pedigree, contends the Thoroughbred Times, is a same-generation cross of Round Table-Hail to Reason.

It is a combination that escapes the attention of most so-called pedigree experts, but can be found in various highly successful runners, most notably 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew. It also appears in the pedigree of multiple graded stakes-winner Western Pride, who earned $1,289,929, and Grade 3 winners Miss Turkana and Phi Beta Doc.

While dosage statistics are not as accepted as they were a decade ago, his profile of 4-7-23-2-0 is very telling in that he has more points in the middle (Classic) category than the surrounding categories behind. Referred to as "dominant classicity," this bodes well for his potential at longer distances.

Three Cross

Big Brown 1


Pedigree Highlights

Sire Boundary, now pensioned, was a Grade 3 stakes winner and earner of $217,777. As of May 5 he had sired 21 stakes winners including English and Irish champion Minardi.

Dam Mien was a winner at three and her two starters to date are both winners.

Third dam Syrian Sea is a half sister to 1997 champion older female Hidden Lake.

Pedigree Inbreeding

Northern Dancer 3S x 3D
Damascus 3S x 4D
Round Table 4S x 5D

The Good and the BadJerry Campbell,Pinnacle racetrack, Michigan


thenegatives_two elevations, ground and airWhile we might prefer higher elevations on this spot of earth (lowlands) and in the sky (low planes), spirits couldn't have been higher among the hundred people who gathered April 5 to watch the soulful shovelful from Jerry Campbell. Smiles around: commissioners, mayors, labor union reps, grooms. We all have hopes for a July opening and give thanks to the many, many people who are working to make this racetrack a reality. Right now, the land goes to the track at $1.00/acre. If the track produces the jobs it promises, all's well. If not, in 6 years, there's a big $ amount due. So put your money on your homebreds at your home tracks and email your representatives and Governor Granholm asking for their continued involvement in this project. It's been hard for regular people to find out about the track and it's job opportunities. Try Caponigro Public Relations Inc. at (248) 355-3200 or jcap@caponigro.com

Most popular bid for the Pontiac Silverdome is horse racing BUT the city of Pontiac has rejected all bids for the purchase of the Pontiac Silverdome and is seeking another round of bidders.

Seven bidders originally submitted packages, but there's only one favorite: a plan for a horse-racing track and casino. Sources close to the negotiations, however, say the city was not pleased with the $12 million offer and long-term impact for the city.

"I am growing less and less optimistic that we are moving in the right direction," Mayor Clarence Phillips said in a prepared statement.

The next round of bids are due in the city by 4 p.m. , Feb. 22.

Pinnacle Race Course near Detroit Metro Airport will be one of the finest in the country, boasting the best dirt track science and tradition can make. Turf to follow in 2009. Track construction, originally set to start in December, will begin in March 2008. The track, when completed in 2009, is to include 10,000 spectator seats, 20 luxury boxes, a large family picnic area and 200,000 square feet of retail space. Plans submitted to the state include a one-mile inner turf track and a 1 1/8-mile outer dirt track. According to Office of Racing Comissioner, a complete application was delivered as required on Feb. 1st by Post It Stables, Inc. So plans are still strong though there is a revised construction schedule.
Pinnacle Race Course
The announcement made public to horse people on Sunday, November 12, 2008 by Jerry and Lisa Campbell scheduled
track construction to begn December 2007. Simulcast would have begun January.First race was to be in June! A revised schedule is in effect.

Pinnacle Race Course will be a top quality thoroughbred racing track:

• Company called Post-It Stables Inc. is led by Michigan banker and thoroughbred-horse ownerJerry Campbell
They own 2008 race dates and a lease option on GLD in Muskegon, if needed.
- 1,080 stalls
• More than 2,300 temporary construction jobs
• 1,400 new jobs at the track
• 1,740 new jobs at the track’s 200,000-sq.-ft. retail center
• More than 20,000 trickle-down jobs in the horse industry affected
• Total of $142 million will be invested
• $1.5 billion in annual economic investment estimated
• 320 acres acquired from Wayne County
• Endorsed by Huron Township Board officials and supported by the Michigan Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.Pinnacle Race Course layout

Pinnacle Race Course could host an annual race in early April called The Michigan Derby. This would be a prep race prior to The Kentucky Derby with a $500,000 purse. A $5-million bonus goes to the owner of a horse that wins both the Michigan Derby and The Kentucky Derby.

more at MTOBA






John Henry was euthanized ,October 8, 2007, at 7:00 p.m at the Kentucky Horse Park.
John Nicholson, executive director of the park expressed, “The mighty heart of the great John Henry has, at long last, yielded to time. The racing industry has lost a legend, but more significantly, many people have lost a personal hero.  John Henry’s true legacy was written in people’s hearts far more indelibly than his superlative racing career could ever reflect.”  He continued, “John Henry was a testament to the fact that a horse’s value is far greater than the sum of his pedigree, conformation, sales price and race record.  Winston Churchill said that the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man, but I would add that horses like John Henry prove that the inside of a horse is even better for the inside of man.”

The sad but unanimous decision was reached by a team of people who knew him best.  The park’s equine director, Kathy Hopkins stated, “After continued successful efforts to maintain the quality of John Henry's life, in the past 48 hours he did not respond to our medical intervention. Due to the loss of kidney function and muscle mass, his veterinarian, Dr. Mike Beyer, found it impossible to keep him properly hydrated and comfortable.  Over the years, our goal has always been to maintain the highest quality of care and life for him, and it became evident over the weekend that this was no longer possible.  Our hearts go out to all of those who so deeply cared for John during his long and charismatic life.”

He lived 32-and-a-half years, and went peacefully to sleep surrounded by a small circle of friends who were closest to him, including Cathy Roby, who has been his friend and caretaker for 16 years and his breeder, Verna Lehmann. 

John Henry overcame numerous well-known obstacles throughout his career, and colic surgery in 2002.  His talent, determination, tenacity and toughness inspired thousands of people who didn’t even see him race, but became aware of him many years after his retirement.  Some of his fans visited him at least once a month from Toledo, Indianapolis, and other cities in the Midwest, while others made annual pilgrimages to his barn from California, Texas and around the world.  When it recently became public knowledge that his health was in a state of decline, many of his fans immediately came to the park to thank their beloved champion for the memories, and to whisper their personal, final farewells to the horse who inspired great respect and ardent devotion.           

John Henry’s race record included more than $6.5 million in earnings, 39 wins including 30 stakes wins (16 Grade 1 stakes wins) and seven Eclipse Awards, including two Horse of the Year titles.  He equaled a world track record for 1 ½ miles in 2:23 at Santa Anita and was the only horse to win Horse of the Year more than once in nonconsecutive years, and the oldest horse ever to win that title - at age nine.  John Henry was voted Racehorse of the Decade for the 1980s, and was inducted into Racing's Hall of Fame in 1990.

Sired by Ole Bob Bowers out of Once Double, by Double Jay, John Henry was foaled on March 9, 1975 at Golden Chance Farm in Paris, Kentucky. 

After having passed through several owners and trainers, John Henry finally blossomed under the careful tutelage of trainer Ron McAnally, and with his owner, Sam Rubin.  McAnally, who brought out the best in the horse with “carrots, apples and love,” visited John Henry many times during the horse’s retirement and had just seen him again as recently as September, and brought John’s favorite cookies and carrots to his aging protégé.  Lewis Cenicola, John Henry’s exercise rider for six years, also visited the horse in September.

Tom Levinson, stepson of the late Sam Rubin said, “John always had fire in his eyes as he circled his opponents in the paddock while they pranced, his eyes glazed with the determination to win.  Certainly he was the people’s hero… Sam and Dorothy loved sharing John’s victories with his adoring fans and we appreciate their devotion even to this sad day… We are sure that if Sam Rubin were here today, he and my mother Dorothy would agree that their wish would be for John Henry to be remembered as the mighty, cantankerous champion we all loved.”

Chris McCarron rode John Henry in 14 of his last races and has spent many hours with the horse during his 22 years at the park.  Regarding the great horse’s passing, he observed, “What can I say about the legendary John Henry that has not already been said?  John meant the world to my family and me. Everywhere he raced, his presence doubled the size of a normal race track crowd. He did so much for racing, even after he retired, that he will be impossible to replace.  He will be sorely missed but forever in our hearts.”

A public memorial service will be held and will be announced by the park upon completion of the arrangements.  Plans will be posted on the park’s website, www.kyhorsepark.com under News & Media and the Calendar of Events.  John Henry will be buried near his paddock at the Hall of Champions. Other Thoroughbred champions buried at the park include Man o’ War, War Admiral, Forego, Bold Forbes, Allez France, Peteski and Jay Trump. 

Magna Entertainment Quits Michigan Racing - but is this the end? Maybe not!


William "Win" Cooper III, a Flint, Michigan, real estate developer on Thursday (Aug. 30th) filed an application with the Michigan Office of Racing Commissioner to conduct 80 days of live racing at Great Lakes Downs in 2008, beating the application deadline by one day.

Michigan law requires all race tracks, regardless of breed, to submit race date requests to the MORC by 5 p.m. on August 31.

Cooper, through his company Cooper Racing LLC, also is seeking to purchase the Great Lakes facility and has asked the MORC for a license to operate the track.

"I've been involved in horse racing for a number of years, and I was concerned there would not be racing in Michigan: said Cooper, who currently doesn't own any race horses.

Besides Cooper's application, Fruitport Township supervisor Ron Cooper (no relation) also has filed a letter of intent with the MORC.  Commissioner Christine White, however, said she had yet to receive his application.

In a related development, a group led by Citizens Republic Bancorp Chairman and Magna Entertainment Corp. director Jerry Campbell, applied on Friday for the Metro Detroit race track license vacated by Magna Entertainment as part of the company's decision to leave Michigan racing.

By statute, the holder of the Metro Detroit license must apply for no less than 160 days of live racing.

Post It Stables Inc., a company controlled by Campbell along with his wife Lisa, and Michigan owner-breeder Henry Mast Jr. would build a track in western Wayne County, possibly on the site originally slated for Michigan Downs in the Detroit suburb of Romulus.

Campbell has been down this road before.  When Ladbroke-Detroit Race Course closed abruptly in 1998, it was Campbell who stepped in and purchased the shuttered harness track, then called Muskegon Race Course, and converted it to a Thoroughbred facility, allowing racing to continue.  In 2000, Campbell sold the track to Magna Entertainment and joined the Magna board as vice-chairman.

Campbell said if approved, his group would begin construction immediately with the hope of racing in 2008.  He also said the group was prepared to conduct its meeting at a different location if the Wayne County facility was not ready.

"We're doing this so there is a future to this industry," Campbell said.  "If someone else wants to do it, we will gladly step aside."

In early August, Magna announced they were pulling out of Michigan racing.  Since then, horsemen have scrambled to fill the void and keep racing alive.

At stake is an estimated $8-million Thoroughbred purse pool that would have been left unprotected without a race-date application.

The MORC is expected to announce final race dates later this fall.  Whoever receives the dates for Great Lakes then will need to negotiate a contract with the horsemen, something Michigan HBPA executive director Gary Tinkle said his group is excited about considering the bleak outlook just a month ago.

"Hopefully there are several bona fide applicants we can sit down and talk with,: he said.  "The more the better."

----Courtesy of the Thoroughbred Times  Greg Forde is a Michigan-based Thoroughbred Times correspondent.


2007 Thoroughbred YEARLING SHOW & SALE

Sunday August 26th
MSU Pavilion - South Barn
East Lansing, MI
Show begins at 9:00 a.m.
Sale begins at 1:00 p.m.

Catalog of Sale Horses

Governor Granhom may support "Horse Wizards," electronic gaming machines, at Great Lakes Downs, Hazel Park and Northville tracks. Magna Entertainment of Toronto, which owns Great Lakes Downs and wants to build a track in Romulus, says the machines could generate as much as $50 million a year for the needy Michigan economy. For details, see this Detroit News article. See the political page on this site for contacting the Governor's office.

MTOBA's Annual Thoroughbred Sale, Sunday June 3, Great Lakes Downs, Muskegon Mi. 11:30 - 2 year olds in training and unraced 3 year olds. For sales results, see www.mtoba.com

Mixed Breed flat racing at Mount Pleasant.
Season opens May 5 Mixed Breed flat racing at Mount Pleasant.

MPM is the only race course east of the Mississippi that offers quality, mixed-breed racing and pari-mutual wagering options. Breeds such as Arabians, American Quarter Horses, Paints, Appaloosas and Thoroughbreds race here beginning May 5, 2007. Mount Pleasant Meadows track is at Isabella County Fairground, 500 N. Mission Road, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858. For more information, call MPM (989) 773-0012.


New Vocations - a race horse adoption program - leads the nation in race horse adoptions, placing over 300 in 2006.
With 3 offices, one is in Saline.

"Our program is different and unique compared to others that are out there. We get both Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds and we primarily place thoroughbreds. But the majority of horses that I keep here in Saline are Standardbreds. With the many harness racing tracks that are in the area, most of the Standardbred trainers & owners in Michigan know alot about our program, but the Michigan Thoroughbred trainers, competitors, farms and owners need to know that we are here as well. We have three facilities, mine in Saline and two in Ohio.. It is our Hilliard, Ohio facility where most of our Thoroughbreds are located. They have 25 at all times. I try to send most of the Thoroughbreds that come to me there because they have a full time trainer that can ride them and help them transition to becoming riding horses. I usually will keep one to two TB's here a month as well, if I feel I can ride them and transition them myself.

Our Standardbreds go on to do a variety of things. Just this weekend I received videos on some of our Standardbreds in their "new vocation". One had just finished his first 25 mile edurance trail ride. Another rider sent a video on the growing trend in the south, called "Speed Racking".  We have a very strong following in KY, TN, and GA where our Standardbreds are turned into show horses. They compete in speed racking classes. In addition, some of our Standardbreds have gone on to be Road Horses and compete in the Road Horse to bike classes and under saddle at Saddlebred shows. They even offer these classes at the Saddlebred World Championship Horse show every year in Louisville, KY. We also have had numerous horses go on and compete in competitive driving shows and competitions.

 "The majority of our Standardbreds become wonderful trail and family horses. Their laidback attitudes make them super nice horses that are fun and safe to be around.

"I just want to bring more awareness to MI about our facility and goals. I am also trying to possibly partner with a large show to do some type of charity event for New Vocations."

(Photo provided by Platinum Ridge Quarterhorses)

website: http://www.horseadoption.com

Winnie Nemeth can be reached at winnie@horseadoption.com or www.platinumridgequarterhorses.com;
Program Manager and Thoroughbred person:
xecutive Director, Dot Morgan in Laura, Ohio at dot@horseadoption.com.

Governor Granholm plans big cuts to equine industry -

She would like to eliminate the Equine Industry Survey funding;
cut 4h grant of $20,000, and more.
Speak out in upcoming hearing 3/1. Tell them you want the Ag money intact for equine.
Senator Cameron Brown sencbrown@senate.michigan.gov.(St. Joseph County);
or Senator Ron Jelinket senrjelinek@senate.michigan.gov(Berrien County);
or Senator Martha Scott senmscott@senate.michigan.gov (Wayne County);
or call Michigan Equine Partnership, recipient of the now in-question grant to profile the Michigan horse industry 517-372-1500.

Ballot in 2008race horse could seek gambling at tracks to save racing in Michigan

Owners of Hazel Park Raceway in Oakland Country want to see gambling on the 2008 ballot. "We may actually try to amend and go for full casinos at the tracks," Dan Adkins, vice president of Hartman& Tyler, Inc which owns the harness raceway. In response to Magna's announcement, Adkins wants to try again to convince voters to help racing stay alive. Opposition to amendments that allow gambling at tracks have served primarily to funnel gambling to existing casinos. Adkins says, "The Mardi Gras Race Track and Gaming Center in Florida added slot machines on December 28. Since then, employment has risen from 120 to 1,000." Adkins company runs the Gaming Center at Hollywood Greyhound Track. He says, "Not only are we going to create new jobs, we're going to save jobs."

Magna quits the Michigan race track in 2008

Purchased in 1999, the Muskegon flat-racing track Great Lakes Downs has failed to turn a profit for MagnaEntertainment, the largest racetrack operator in the U.S.  The thoroughbred track showed a 2005 loss of 1.6 million and Magna will post a pre-tax 2006 loss of $1.8 million. Magna, like the rest of Michigan’s racing industry, has held onto hopes that Michigan’s legislators would allow slot machines or casino-type gambling at tracks. This would have enabled racetracks to compete with the 20 casinos in Michigan.   In 2002 Magna was confident enough of this legislation that it expanded its role in Michigan racing by purchasing land in Romulus with the intention to build a $200 million track there.  No gambling commitments for racing have come from the state so the Romulus plans, too, are shelved.

The 100-day live meet runs from May 5 to November 6, and might be shortened.  Said Gary Tinkle, Executive Director of the Michigan Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, "We were aware that they had been losing money for years on the track, and we're just appreciative that Magna made such a strong go at it."

The Winningest Horse in America in 2006 is Air Albert with 24 wins Mark Mayes drives Air Albert to a win at Toledo Raceway

Michigan’s pacer Air Albert, 14, finished 2006 with more race wins than any harness or thoroughbred – of any age.  On January 1st, Air Albert retired because no harness horse can race into his 15th year.  He has a career total of  92 races, having won 24 of 43 starts this year.  “He’s a great horse,” said Mark Mayes, Air Albert’s trainer and regular driver.  “He doesn’t do anything wrong.”  The Mayes family bought him from the Tony Morgan stable in Illinois after Air Albert broke his pastern in 2004.  Because of age and injury, it was decided that he couldn’t be competitive anymore on the Chicago circuit.  The Mayes rehabbed him at their farm and then entered him in lower level races in Michigan.  Racing at this less stressful level plus swimming daily and regular field turnout with other horses was the formula that kept him winning through 2006.  In retirement, Air Albert will go to a Mayes’ neighbor Cyndi Snyder for whom he’ll be a riding horse.  There were 74 14-year old harness horses still in racing in 2006.  About his racing style, Mark Mayes, driver and trainer, said, “He’s very nice to drive, just like a Cadillac.  I like to go to the front and control the pace so he doesn’t go fast fractions, but you could probably tie the lines to the sulky seat and he’d race just fine.  He’s smarter than I am out there.” 
Mark Mayes Racing is located in Leslie, Michigan (between Lansing and Jackson).  It belongs to Jim Mayes, Mark’s dad.  "It’s a family business.  He did it for over 30 years and I’m just taking over.  In training, we have 27 horses.  We also have broodmares and young ones.  We have a regular ½ mile track and a swimming pool. We swim a lot of jumping horses, barrel racing horses – anything coming off lameness or surgery.  We swim them and get them ready to compete again.  Usually if a horse comes off surgery, the vet will suggest swim for 30 days or 60 days.  We have a few who send us a horse for two weeks and then it goes right back racing.  All Albert did was race and swim a week and race again.  He was old and arthritic so it was hard to keep his wind up by putting him on hard ground.  Swimming kept his wind up.  Every farm should have a pool but they’re expensive to keep.


Gulfstream Wins when Gambling comes to the track:
horse industry wins, too.

Here's a quick review of what happened after full-card simulcasting came in from Gulfstream's calendar of historical events:

1997 The introduction of full-card simulcasting helped set records in average daily handle, total commingled handle, on-track handle, ITW handle and ISW handle.1998 Increases in on-track attendance and handle continued Gulfstream’s upward swing, with the on-track wagering total of $133,517,034 establishing a record. Fans were treated to performances by five Eclipse champions – Skip Away, Favorite Trick, Buck’s Boy, Escena and Banshee Breeze – during the 63-day meet. Jerry Bailey regained his spot as Gulfstream’s leading rider, and Bill Mott notched his sixth consecutive trainer’s title.1999 Opening-day attendance was a record 31,831, and by the end of the meet, wagering from all sources topped the $700 million mark. Jorge Chavez (91 wins) and Frank Passero Jr. (29 wins) topped the jockey and trainer standings, respectively. In September, Gulfstream was sold to Magna Entertainment Corp. (nee MI Entertainment Corp.), and on Nov. 5-7 played host to its third Breeders’ Cup meet. Total wagering on the Nov. 6 program exceeded $100 million, then an all-time North American record.2000 For the seventh straight year, Gulfstream set a record for total handle (all sources) with more than $714 million wagered. Local favorite Hal’s Hope captured the Florida Derby. Jockey Jorge Chavez (77 wins) and trainer Bill Mott (30 wins) took titles in their respective categories. See Gulfstream site and history: http://www.gulfstreampark.com/--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Revisiting the issues as described in 2004:

Issues Concerning Racino Development in Michigan  (Revised 02-06-04)
By Donald F. Holecek, Ph.D., MTB Editor-In-Chief and Director of the MSU Tourism Resource Center
article by Don Holecek, Michigan TourismIn the next few weeks, the Michigan Senate will be voting on a series of bills (HBs 4609-4612) that would permit racinos to be developed at seven horse tracks in southern Michigan.  These bills were introduced and passed in the Michigan House of Representatives this past spring.  Until this month, the racino policy-making process has taken place largely outside the view of the general public with proponents lobbying hard to bring the legislation to the Senate floor for a vote and opponents waging a campaign to avoid bringing them to the Senate for consideration.  In the closing days of this legislative session, it was announced that the Senate would take up racino legislation when it returns to Lansing in January 2004.  This turn of events has sparked extensive coverage of racinos in the media, which has brought the issues underlying their development to the forefront for public discussion.  Whenever gaming becomes an issue, sorting fact from fiction is always a challenge, and this case is no exception.  For many engaged in the current Michigan racino policy debate, facts are only relevant and mentioned if they support their position for or against racinos.  Facts will not alter the positions of those who oppose gaming in any form on moral grounds or those who stand to lose or gain financially if racinos are developed in Michigan.  But, facts are important to anyone whose objective is to frame her/his position based upon the public policy merits of the proposed legislation.  Since this legislation would impact Michigan’s tourism industry, it is important that our readers expand their understanding of the issues involved and, if they are so inclined, communicate their position to their State Senator. 
In the interest of brevity, I will confine my remarks to issues that have been raised in the media recently to which I have reasonably sound information to contribute. 
Issue # 1:  Are “racinos” allowed under the existing Michigan Constitution?   

The legislation in this case is framed to be an extension of existing provisions in the constitution that permit the lottery and gaming at racetracks.  The key provision in the legislation is that gaming machines that would be installed at the tracks are video lottery terminals (VLTs).  Although they look and play like slot machines, the systems on which they are based are adapted from those that drive lottery games.  A similar legal convenience has been used to circumvent the constitutional issue in other states where VLTs are installed at racetracks, which suggests it will survive legal challenges in Michigan as well. 
Issue #2:  “Racinos” will or won’t have a positive effect on Michigan agriculture and horse industry.  
Everyone agrees that Michigan’s horse racing industry is in decline, as it is in most other states.  No one knows whether it will survive (or how low it will sink) with or without racinos.  Earlier this month researchers at the University of Arizona reported that:  “[Racino] Gaming generally has a positive effect on such things as purses, races, starters, average field sizes, quality races, and the number of active stallions, mares and foals in a jurisdiction…The study notes upward trends in these factors in most states with racetrack gaming compared to stagnant or declining trends in neighboring states without such gaming.”  It isn’t clear at this time whether the benefits observed in racino states represent a revival of interest in horse racing overall or a shift in activity from neighboring non-racino states.  It is clear that racino states have a competitive advantage and, since more states will soon be adding racinos, Michigan’s horse racing industry will be operating at an increasing disadvantage without racinos. 
 GLHS political coverage
Issue # 3:  The gaming market is or isn’t finite.   

Those who argue that the gaming market is finite contend that racinos will only take market share away from existing casinos in Detroit and Indian casinos in northern Michigan.  While the finite market theory is intuitively appealing and is raised time and again in response to proposed new gaming venues, it has yet to be supported in Michigan or even Las Vegas, which has the greatest concentration of casinos anywhere in the world.  No one really knows why the finite gaming market has consistently failed to stand the test in “real world” gaming markets.  Possibly, there is simply considerably more latent demand for gaming than anyone can imagine.  Or possibly the gaming market is growing at least as fast as new supply is being added.  It is also probable that consumers are choosing gaming over other entertainment options, which is in keeping with declining attendance at Michigan’s horse tracks.  The only way to establish how many casinos are enough is to legalize them, as they are in Nevada, and allow competitive market forces to decide.  Finally, there are about 13,000 slot machines operating in southern Lower Michigan or about 500 persons per machine for the population over 18 years old.  In racinos states, there are about 250 persons per machine for the population over 18 years old.  This would indicate that the supply of slots in Lower Michigan could increase by 100% and operators would capture enough revenue to be highly profitable. 
Issue # 4:  Residents favor or oppose racino development in Michigan. 
It has been reported that three public opinion surveys conducted by separate pollsters have found that Michigan voters oppose the “racino” legislation by landslide margins.  The result differs markedly from our polling data.  In our survey of Michigan residents, 82% of respondents stated that they “Go to casinos or don’t care if others go,” which is in line with reported recent national polling results.  However, when asked if they support establishing Michigan racinos, 46% of our respondents said “no,” 44% said “yes” and 10% were undecided.  How can these contrasting polling results be explained?  Polling results are sensitive to a number of factors including: who is surveyed, when they are surveyed, what specifically they are asked, and how well informed those asked to respond are about the underlying issues.  All of these factors likely play some role in explaining the Michigan racino polling result differences that have been reported.  Given that all of the polls, including ours, were conducted in a population with only limited awareness of what a racino is and what is included in the series of bills that would enable their development in Michigan, I am unable to confidently conclude that residents do or don’t support racino development in Michigan.  However, given that the vast majority of residents “go to casinos or don’t care that others go,” I am skeptical of polling results which indicate that “voters oppose the ‘racino’ legislation by landslide margins.”
Issue  # 5:  The total revenue projected, if racinos are developed, is too high.   

Revenue projecting is not an exact science, so there is always room for comparing, contrasting and debating varying revenue projections.  In this case, there is more room for debate than might otherwise be involved because of uncertainty surrounding: 1) the scale and nature of racinos that might be developed, 2) the possibility that new Indian casinos (I am aware of three in varying stages of planning) could be built in southern lower Michigan, and 3) how existing casinos in the area will respond to competition created by new racinos.  Drawing upon data from our research archives, some obtained in our racino survey in April 2003, and secondary data from many other sources, we developed revenue projections assuming all seven racinos included in the legislation will be developed.  Projections for both the “locals” market (up to 50 miles from a racino) and “non-locals” market (more than 50 miles from a racino) were developed.  Competition from existing casinos in the area was taken into consideration in our projections.  Our projections for total annual gross revenue from VLTs (a.k.a. slot machines) at the seven proposed racinos are as follows:
Conservative scenario projection:  $1.7 billion
Moderate scenario projection:  $2.2 billion
Aggressive scenario projection:  $2.7 billion
These projections are considerably higher than those developed by state legislative analysts which racino opponents have criticized as being too optimistic.  I’m betting that the projections developed by the state legislative analysts will actually prove to be low. 
Issue # 6:  Racinos will not be good for tourism. 
Opponents to racino legislation have concluded that racinos will prove to be a net negative for Michigan’s tourism industry.  Their argument appears to be that racinos would deprive existing casinos of the revenue flow necessary for them to expand and become destination resorts.  All gaming operations across the state would in essence become locals casinos.  Imbedded in this position is the assumption that the gaming market is finite which is addressed under Issue #3 above.  In addition to the lack of evidence to support the finite gaming market assumption, there are other reasons to dispute the proposition that racinos would be bad for tourism.  First, racinos can be expected to materially benefit the horse racing industry, which implies that more racing enthusiasts and horse industry visitors would be drawn to racino venues.  Second, access to racinos would reduce the outflow of Michigan gaming dollars to other states thereby boosting local economies and local tourism businesses.  Third, development of racinos will actually drive diversification of the casino product rather than reduce gaming entertainment to a commodity for a locals gaming market.  Racinos will reduce “locals” business for some existing casinos forcing them to seek new markets, with tourists being a promising new target market.  Finally, it is likely that some of the racinos will be developed to boost tourism to areas of the state not deemed to be major tourism attractions.  In essence, racino development will “level the playing field” with respect to gaming entertainment, which is not currently a tourism development option. 
Issue # 7:  Racinos would be good for the gaming public. 
Interestingly, the gaming public has not surfaced as an issue in the debate surrounding this legislation.  I believe that the public’s interest in this legislation extends beyond the business side of horse racing, gaming and tourism, or the tax revenues that racinos will generate and those who might benefit when these revenues are disbursed.  Public policy should ultimately serve the interests of the broadest possible public, which here includes gamers.  Racinos would create more competition for the gaming entertainment dollar.  The monopoly position held by existing casinos would be somewhat mitigated, which can be expected to result in more choices for gamers and more value received from what they spend on gaming entertainment.  Racinos will reduce average drive time to a casino resulting in more convenience and less travel cost for the pubic, reduced risk of having a traffic accident, and some reduction in energy consumption.  There is little doubt that this legislation would benefit the gaming consumers who represent an increasing proportion of the general public. 
The above seven issues do not include all possible issues that might be raised concerning these four bills that would create racinos at Michigan racetracks.  Many issues that are commonly raised when gaming is debated, such as problem gaming, bankruptcy and crime, are relevant here but have not been central to the current debate, possibly because the most vocal racino opponents are those with economic ties to existing casinos.  For existing tourism businesses, a major concern with gaming development is always how it will impact their businesses.  Some are able to capitalize on the increased traffic that casinos generate while others may be not able to compete with what the casino can offer.  I believe the racinos that would be developed will be inclined to work in concert with other tourism interests in their market area to boost overall tourism to the area.  Hence, they will prove to be powerful engines for tourism development. 
This is the last issue of Michigan Tourism Business that will be published this year, so it is timely that we extend season’s greetings and our best wishes for the New Year to our loyal readers.  All of us in the Tourism Resource Center look forward to the opportunity to work with you in 2004!  Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.
Your feedback is welcomed and may be e-mailed to Don Holecek.

Here's an article about the price Michigan could charge for licenses to gamble at tracks, published by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in 2004 http://www.mackinac.org/article.aspx?ID=6566___________________________________________________________________________________

The four bills from 2003/2004 on racing and gambling in Michigan:

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(laltnp45drxdiw4524xlwv55))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=2003-HB-4609 http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(laltnp45drxdiw4524xlwv55))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectname=2003-HB-4610 http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(laltnp45drxdiw4524xlwv55))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectname=2003-HB-4611 http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(laltnp45drxdiw4524xlwv55))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectname=2003-HB-4612
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Things do Happen in Michigan
We sometimes think we're in the middle of nowhere up here in Michigan. But actually significant horse events begin here:

Seabiscuit won his first major stakes race here in Michigan on September 7, 1936. It was The Governor's Handicap at the Detroit Fairgrounds. 28,000 people watched. Jockey Red Pollard and Seabiscuit repeated the feat three weeks later by winning the Hendrie Handicap on September 26 at the Fairgrounds. There's a statue commemmorating it. Seabiscit in Mi - statue

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