After 80 years in operation, the last horse racing track in Michigan, Northville Downs, will be discontinuing its operations at its current location as of early next month. The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) revealed that the final race at Northville Downs’ current location at 301 S. Center St. in Northville is scheduled for Saturday, February 3, 2024.
The closure is due to a $250 million redevelopment of the racecourse. Northville Downs purchased 128 acres of land to build its new harness racing facility, which will be located on the corner of Five Mile and Ridge roads in Plymouth Township. The construction of the new facility is subject to approval from the township board.
Starting from Monday, February 5, 2024, bettors will no longer be able to place simulcast wagers in person at the current Northville Downs location. However, the racetrack plans to reintroduce simulcast wagering at its new location. The last day patrons will be able to cash out winning wagers at Northville Downs is February 10, 2024. After this date, patrons can mail their winning tickets to Northville Downs.
Henry Williams, the executive director of the MGCB, expressed gratitude to all patrons at Northville Downs and stated that the board looks forward to the next chapter of horse racing in Michigan at a new location.
Despite the closure of Northville Downs at its current location, fans of horse racing will still be able to place wagers via their mobile devices without interruption. Licensed providers in the state, including FanDuel Racing, Xpressbet, NYRA Bets, and Churchill Downs/Twin Spires, will allow patrons across Michigan to place wagers on popular events such as the Kentucky Derby.