Northville Downs to Relocate and Open New Venue

After 80 years of operation, Northville Downs, Michigan’s last horse racing track, will be shutting down its current location early next month. The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) has announced that the final race at the current location will take place on Saturday, February 3, 2024. The closure is part of a $250 million redevelopment plan for the racecourse. Northville Downs has purchased 128 acres of land in Plymouth Township to build a new harness racing facility, pending approval from the township board.

As a result of the closure, bettors will no longer be able to place simulcast wagers in person at the current location starting from Monday, February 5, 2024. However, Northville Downs plans to reintroduce simulcast wagering at its new location. The last day for patrons to cash out winning wagers at Northville Downs will be February 10, 2024. After this date, patrons can mail their winning tickets to Northville Downs.

The MGCB released a statement expressing gratitude to Northville Downs patrons and acknowledging the track’s 80 years of providing entertainment for horse racing enthusiasts. Henry Williams, the executive director of the MGCB, thanked patrons and expressed excitement for the next chapter of horse racing in Michigan at the new location.

Despite the closure of the current location, horse racing fans will still be able to place wagers via their mobile devices without interruptions. Michigan residents can access licensed providers in the state to place wagers on popular events such as the Kentucky Derby.

Overall, the announcement of the closure of Northville Downs marks the end of an era for Michigan’s horse racing industry, but it also signifies the beginning of a new chapter with the construction of a new facility and the continued availability of mobile wagering options.