[NEWS RELEASE] Michigan Gaming Control Board announces closure of Northville Downs’ current location, last day to cash in winning wagers

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Michigan Gaming Control Board

Contact: MGCB-Media@michigan.gov

Michigan Gaming Control Board announces closure of Northville Downs' current location, last day to cash in winning wagers

DETROIT, Jan. 17, 2024  Northville Downs, the last horse racing track in Michigan, will soon cease operations at its current location at 301 S. Center St. in Northville after 80 years of providing excitement and entertainment to avid horse racing enthusiasts. The final race is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024.

Despite the physical racetrack closing, horse racing patrons will continue to be able to place mobile bets anytime, and uninterrupted — including on races such as the Kentucky Derby — via advance deposit wagering (ADW) through authorized providers Churchill Downs/TwinSpires, NYRA Bets, Xpressbet, and FanDuel Racing (TVG). Due to Northville Downs’ scheduled closure, patrons should be aware that they will no longer be able to place simulcast wagers in person at the track beginning Monday, Feb. 5. However, Northville Downs will announce the return of simulcast wagering as soon as possible after it reopens at its new location.

Opened in 1944, the racetrack has been slated for a $250 million redevelopment project under a 2018 sale agreement with a real estate developer. Northville Downs has purchased 128 acres of land near the corner of Five Mile and Ridge roads in Plymouth Township to build a new harness racing facility, pending approval of the township board.  

“The Michigan Gaming Control Board expresses our deepest gratitude to all of the Northville Downs patrons who have made each race day memorable and thrilling,” MGCB Executive Director Henry Williams said. “We appreciate the support of those who have kept Northville Downs going for 80 years and look forward to the next chapter of horse racing in Michigan at a new location.”

In light of the racetrack’s upcoming closing, all patrons should be aware that Saturday, Feb. 10 will be the last day to cash in any winning wagers at Northville Downs. After this date, or if patrons are unable to make it to the track, they can mail winning tickets to: Northville Downs, 47526 Clipper St., PO Box 701220, Plymouth, MI 48170. All winning pari-mutuel tickets may be presented for payment within 60 days after the last day of the race meeting. 

For more information regarding the closure of Northville Downs and future updates, patrons may call the racetrack at (248) 349-5458 or visit NorthvilleDowns.com.

The schedule of remaining races can be found on the Horse Racing page of the MGCB’s website at Michigan.gov/MGCB.

Gambling in any form is for entertainment purposes only. If someone has a gambling problem, please call the state's 24-hour, toll-free helpline at 1-800-270-7117 or the MGCB's responsible gaming section at 1-888-223-3044. Visit the Responsible Gaming page of the MGCB website for information on self-exclusion programs including the Disassociated Persons List and the Internet Gaming and Sports Betting Responsible Gaming Database, and DontRegretTheBet.org for additional tools to game responsibly.

The Michigan Gaming Control Board shall ensure the conduct of fair and honest gaming to protect the interests of the citizens of the state of Michigan. Learn more at Michigan.gov/MGCB.