Northville Downs Quiet?

Silence is golden, golden, but my eyes still see.

It wasn’t so long ago you were crying like babies. I laughed then, I’m still laughing now.

Appeal Filed Over Licensing of Michigan Downs

By The Associated Press
Updated: Wednesday, June 8, 2005 12:39 PM
Posted: Wednesday, June 8, 2005 12:39 PM

Northville Downs, a harness racetrack in Detroit’s western suburbs, has challenged a decision by the Office of Michigan Racing Commissioner to grant a Thoroughbred license to Magna Entertainment Corp. for its planned Michigan Downs.The appeal by Northville Downs was filed June 7 in Wayne County Circuit Court. MEC said it plans to build its $100-million track in Romulus near Detroit Metropolitan Airport, not far from defunct Detroit Race Course.

Northville Downs claims a third racetrack in metropolitan Detroit would saturate the market. Northville Downs shares the market with Hazel Park, another harness track located north of the city. The two tracks make for a year-round live racing circuit, and both are open year-round as simulcast facilities that import Thoroughbred signals.

“We’ll get into a money-losing situation and we’ll have to close,” Northville Downs lawyer Ed Draugelis told the Detroit News. “With the competition from casinos, we think the area can really only support two tracks.”

Michigan Downs wouldn’t open until 2009 at the earliest. The Detroit metropolitan area has been without Thoroughbred racing since the fall of 1998 when DRC shut its doors. Hazel Park held Thoroughbred meets through the mid-1980s.

Thoroughbred racing in Michigan is now held at Great Lakes Downs in the western part of the state. MEC operates the meet but had to transfer the track’s license because state law says a company can’t own more than one track.

(MICHIGAN) — Northville Downs, a harness racetrack in Detroit’s western
suburbs, has challenged a decision by the Office of Michigan Racing Commissioner to grant a Thoroughbred license to Magna Entertainment Corp. for its planned Michigan Downs.

Northville Downs appeals Romulus track license / Harness racing facility says
competition would force it to close; Hazel Park could also take hit.
(MICHIGAN) — Fears that a new competitor will doom the Northville Downs harness
racing track has its officials fighting a new racing venue planned in Romulus.

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“We’ll get into a money-losing situation and we’ll have to close,” Northville Downs lawyer Ed Draugelis told the Detroit News. “With the competition from casinos, we think the area can really only support two tracks.”

I said then what a laughable joke since three tracks ran for 49 years.

“Northville Downs shares the market with Hazel Park, another harness track located north of the city. The two tracks make for a year-round live racing circuit, and both are open year-round as simulcast facilities that import Thoroughbred signals “.

Well you won’t be importing any T.B. signals if Thoroughbreds cease to exist in Michigan for good. Without a Live T.B. race meet running in the State. We’ll pull the plug on the T.B. signal. And you’ll have to close anyway.

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Who are these people kidding? They’ve been silent since Pinnacle built and running, letting Hazel Park look like they are the only track trying to create chaos. Northville Downs defines Chaos. The city of Northville has wanted to make Condo’s out of that property for years. And still waiting too. A half mile of nothing that the ORC shut down multiple times in the late 90s, early 2000’s because of the unsafe track surface. In fact the ORC shut down SIMULCASTING for a few days one year until they complied and resurfaced the track.

Lunatic running around the place from July -Dec. who was fired for embezzlement while the parking director in the late 70s at DRC. Too bad the inside of track employees didn’t have to be licensed through the ORC back then. He would have been ruled off for life.

Well NVD lost the appeal, and if the Thoroughbreds go down. NVD and Hazel Park will go out of business right along with Pinnacle.

Face it without T.B.s you’re losers period. Nobody cares about the horses running on your half mile track. At night while Live Racing, patrons are betting on Thoroughbreds. At Hazel Park as well. In fact Patrons would love to see the Harness on a mile track again.

And you know what, I’m personally tired of holding up these Harness Tracks. And I think something should be done about it. Northville stated the very reason.

“Northville Downs shares the market with Hazel Park, another harness track located north of the city. The two tracks make for a year-round live racing circuit, and both are open year-round as simulcast facilities that import Thoroughbred signals “.

NOT FOR LONG YOU WON’T.

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