The MGCB office licensing hours will be as follows for the month of April 2017 at Hazel Park Raceway:
• Tuesday, 7:00am to 1:30pm
• Friday, 9:30am to 1:00pm
• Saturday, 9:30am to 1:00pm


Under the Horse Racing Law of 1995, MCL 431.316, an occupational license shall not be issued until a background check is completed.
This letter is to urge your membership to submit their application for occupational licenses prior to the start of live racing. Applications for occupational licenses are available several ways:
• On line at www.michigan.qov/mgcb On the left select "Horse Racing", and then select "Forms". • On the Horse Racing Forms page select "Licensing Racing Forms", and download the appropriate application (Occupational License Form). • Once the application is completed the applicant may email the application to horseracinq ( or mail it to MGCB Horse Racing 3062 West Grand Boulevard, Suite L-700 Detroit, MI 48202-6062 • If payment is included a License Fee Receipt will be mailed or emailed back to the applicant. If no fees are sent with the application the receipt will not be given until all fees are received.

At the tracks: Northville Downs Prior to the start of live racing the MGCB licensing office will be open starting Tuesday, January 31St The licensing office will be open each Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 8:30am to 2:30pm. Starting February 28'h and during live racing the licensing office will be open on Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30am to 2:30pm, and Friday and Saturday from 1:30pm to 8:30pm. These dates and times will remain in effect until the start of the dual race meets. Licensing dates and times during the dual race meets will be announced at a later date. Northville Downs Licensing Office Telephone # (248) 349-5458 Fax # (248) 349-9139 Hazel Park Raceway MGCB Licensing office will open on April 4th, times and schedule will be announced later.
3062 W. Grand Boulevard, Suite L-700, Detroit, MI 48202-6062 (313) 456-4130

Administrative Rule R 431.1101(1) allows an occupational license applicant to enter restricted areas of a race track for a period of time not to exceed more than 10 days after filing of a license application, and if the applicant possesses a License Fee Receipt. Each applicant will receive their License Fee Receipt when submitting their occupational license with appropriate fee payment. The applicant must return to the licensing office 6 to 10 days after the application submission to retrieve their valid license. Entrance into the restricted areas of the race track will not be permitted after the 10 days with only a License Fee Receipt.

Possession of the License Fee Receipt or wearing of a valid license will be strictly enforced by track security and MGCB personnel.
If you have any questions on this letter please feel free to contact the MGCB.



~Monday, April 3 and Tuesday, April 4. Horsemen can bring in stall gates, feed, supplies and equipment to the barn area.~
~Wednesday, April 5. Horsemen can bring horses into the barn area.~
~Thursday. April 6. Training begins on track.~
~Week beginning April 8. Timed works begin at track. Days and times to be announced~
~Sundays, dark days.~



If you believe that behind every strong man there’s a great woman, then Jody Barron personified every portion. Jody passed away yesterday after a valiant battle against overwhelming odds.

All of us who knew Jody remembered her constant willingness to help, her remarkable work ethic and her dedication to her horses, farm, family and friends. For almost four decades, Jody’s presence was marked with an air of kindness and steadfast loyalty.

Jody didn’t exist in Bobby’s shadow. Seeing them together always demonstrated how two people could complete and fill one shadow. Jody and Bobby were better people because they were together and made everyone around them better for knowing them.

Arrangements for Jody are pending and will be announced when available.



Horsemen invited to Feb. 22 meeting on New Equine Drug Testing Information
All horsemen who compete at Hazel Park or Northville Downs are urged to attend an important meeting with Petra Hartmann, laboratory director, Industrial Laboratories, at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the grandstand of Northville Downs. At the meeting hosted by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, you will learn about the changes to Michigan equine drug testing for horse racing. The meeting also offers an opportunity to ask questions.
Topics to be discussed include:

  • Compounded medications and dietary supplements
  • Therapeutic medication withdrawal guidelines
  • Common findings at Industrial Laboratories in 2016
  • Environmental contamination of equine samples
  • Methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana contamination of equine samples
  • Industrial Laboratories therapeutic medication research program
  • 48-hour, pre-race medication screening


Horse Racing: 2017 Michigan Medication Testing Change
MGCB has accepted a bid from a new laboratory to drug test horses racing at pari-mutuel tracks in Michigan. The new laboratory, Industrial Laboratories of Wheat Ridge, Colo., is a national leader in testing, expertise, and capabilities. Industrial Laboratories conducts equine drug testing for regulators in Indiana, Minnesota, and West Virginia among others.
With the new testing capabilities, the MGCB will adopt parts of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) and the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium’s (RMTC) National Uniform Medication Program (NUMP).
The National Uniform Medication Program in part includes:

  • Laboratory Accreditation – Industrial Laboratories is fully accredited by the RMTC and to ISO standards
  • Penalty Systems  ̶  Guidelines the stewards will consider when ruling on medication violations
  • Controlled Therapeutic Substances – A list of medications commonly used to treat illness while horses are in training, which includes thresholds adopted by the overwhelming majority of racing states. With the thresholds, the ARCI and RMTC offer withdrawal guidelines for the listed therapeutic medications.

NUMP withdrawal guidelines are for informational purposes only. They do not constitute a guarantee. Additionally, this guidance is based upon administration of a single medication. The combination of any of these medications or addition of other substances may substantially affect the withdrawal times.

It’s important to note the withdrawal guidelines are for a specific dosage and route of administration. If a different dosage or administration route is used, the time listed in the withdrawal guideline section will not be applicable. It is always best to consult your veterinarian about specific medication withdrawal requirements.  

For more information, please consult:

(Contains NUMP information, withdrawal times database, and drug research information)

(Contains Model Rules, the Controlled Therapeutic Medication Schedule, and other proposed ARCI changes)

Or call the agency at 313-456-0236 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday



IMPORTANT NOTICE: The MGCB has contracted with a new laboratory for testing, effective this year. INDUSTRIAL LABS of Colorado will be the new provider.

Representatives from Industrial Labs and the MGCB will hold an informational meeting for all horsemen at Northville Downs on February 22nd at 9:00 AM. It is VERY IMPORTANT for all horsemen to attend this meeting. There are NEW DRUG TESTING STANDARDS being introduced this year with SIGNIFICANT CHANGES. It is imperative that all participants of the Hazel Park meet are aware of the changes and the new standards.


STALL APPLICATIONS for Hazel Park are available on the HP website.

HBPA Election results: Jason Uelman and Chrissy Kutlenios have been re-elected to the board.


Snyder names first members to statewide horse racing commission
Advisory board formed as part of legislation updating purse payouts at Hazel Park Raceway, Northville Downs

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday named six people to a new Horse Racing Advisory Commission, which was created through legislation he signed this year to update Michigan's horse racing statute.
Housed within the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the seven-member commission is intended to recommend legislative or regulatory improvements to horse racing in Michigan. The Michigan Gaming Control Board oversees horse racing in Michigan through a racing commissioner.
Initial commission members include:

  • Don Ryker, of Ortonville, owner of equine veterinary practice Don Ryker DMV and Associates. He will be the commission's chairman.
  • Thomas Barrett, of Novi, current president of the Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association, who will represent statewide horse racing associations.
  • George Kutlenios, of Holly, who is president of the Michigan Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, who will represent statewide horse racing associations.
  • Mike Carlo, of Northville, operations manager for standardbred track Northville Downs, who will represent horse tracks.
  • Nancy Frank, of Haslett, assistant state veterinarian for the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
  • Frank Nickels, of Haslett, a professor at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Each member will serve a four-year term, which ends in October 2020.
Snyder in July signed legislation negotiated between Hazel Park Raceway and Northville Downs, the state's two horse race tracks, and their respective horsemen's groups, that replaces the common purse with a "site-specific" funding model that allows revenue collected from simulcast wagers to stay at the track at which the wager was made.






THOMAS K. LENHARD October 20, 2016 Age 79. 

Beloved husband of Nancy. Dear father of Tommy (Connie), Cathy Allen (Todd), Laura Alam (Jamil) and Lyn Gannon (Kevin). Cherished grandfather of 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Brother of Martha Jo Waechter (Jerry), Lucia Johnson (Matty Calderwood) and the late Paul D. Lenhard (Natalie Valentini). 

Family will receive friends Tuesday 1 – 8 p.m. at A.J. Desmond & Sons, 2600 Crooks Rd (btwn Maple and Big Beaver), 248-362-2500. 

Funeral Mass Wednesday 10 a.m. at National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica (Woodward at 12 Mile Rd.) Royal Oak. Visitation at church begins at 9:30 a.m. 



Governor Snyder has signed SB 504 and SB 505 which have now become Public Act 271 and 272! These two new laws are effective immediately!


Horse Racing Bill SB 504 Clears the Senate!!!!!!!!

By 36 YES votes (out of 37,) SB 504 was concurred by the Michigan Senate and is now off to the governor for his signature! A great day for Michigan racing!


Frequently Asked Questions
SB 504

Why is SB 504 necessary?
The horse racing industry has changed dramatically since the current Horse Racing Act was first passed in 1995.  The industry has gone from a high of eight (8) tracks in 1995 to only two (2) tracks today.  One track is in Hazel Park, a track that today runs Thoroughbred horses.  A second track is in Northville a track that runs harness (Standardbred) horses. 

The current outdated statute is killing the industry by maintaining a purse distribution formula which, in effect, subsidizes one entity at the expense of the other.  This problem is so egregious that in 2015, Northville Downs (the recipient of the subsidy) was able to extend its season by two months and Hazel Park was forced to end its season two months early.  In no other situation does the State of Michigan require one business to subsidize another in this manner.  This should not continue.  

SB 504 would eliminate the unintended subsidization and bring a more market-based approach to the Act by allowing revenues to be “site specific” as opposed to “pooled”.  This gets government out of the way and allows the two entities – a track and a certified horseman’s organization (CHO) – to negotiate the business terms that will allow both to prosper. 

Further, the current Act contains a number of sections that are outdated and no longer applicable.  Under former Governor Granholm, the Office of Racing Commission was eliminated and regulatory authority was moved to the Michigan Gaming Control Board.  The changes in SB 504, provides much needed clarification and flexibility to the industry that is necessary considering this regulatory change.


In what other ways does SB 504 modernize the Horse Racing Act?
Currently, the Act contains language that specifies when a track may race based on a city’s population.  This language is no longer applicable for today’s industry and has been removed. In addition, SB 504 provides more flexibility between the CHO and a track to determine best business practices and not the regulators.


If SB 504 were to pass, how much would each CHO receive?
Currently under the Horse Racing Act, the formula divides the purse revenue in the following way:

  • 65% to the Harness CHO
  • 35% to the Thoroughbred CHO.  (The Thoroughbred CHO also includes, Quarter Horses, Arabians, Paints and Appaloosa breeds.)

The following amounts are based on the 2015 simulcast wagering numbers. If SB 504 was in effect for the 2015 racing season, the simulcast revenue to each racing CHO under a ‘site specific’ model as proposed in SB 504 would have been:

Site specific:           Hazel TBs                   NV Harness
                               $2,900,000                   $2,300, 000    
(The ‘site specific’ numbers are based on track reports ending December 30, 2015.)

In addition, the Harness horsemen have a specific line item in the Ag Equine Industry Development Fund (AEIDF) that supports harness racing at 11 county fairs.  This funding is in addition to what they receive from the current simulcast purse pool distribution.  SB 504 will NOTchange the fair money distribution.  Below is the current appropriated amount:

  • Fair money for Harness racing purses: $708,000 (Source is from the Agriculture Equine Industry Development Fund, Fairs/licensed track line item). These funds are in addition to the $2,300,000 the Harness horsemen receive from simulcast revenue.


The following is the actual 2015 purse fund distribution under the current Act:

  • Hazel Thoroughbreds: $2,268,416
  • Northville Harness: $2,824,379 plus $708,000 Fairs: Total $3,532,379

(The actual 2015 purse numbers are from the 2015 Deposit Summary Report produced by the Michigan Harness Horsemen Association. The Deposit Summary Report does not reflect revenue earned in 2015 but recorded in 2016.)


What is the total simulcast amount wagered at each track?
The 2015 simulcast wagering totals for each track are:

  • Hazel Park Raceway: $56,604,693
  • Northville Downs: $45,016,606


Does SB 504 protect live racing?
Yes. Live racing at Michigan’s two licensed race tracks is the backbone of the state’s equine industry.  SB 504 requires that for a track to offer simulcast wagering, they must have a minimum of 30 live racing days. This is critical to the survival of Michigan’s horsemen and women.


Why should we care about the Michigan Horse Racing industry?
The 2012 Ag Census data shows that there are nearly 100,000 equine across Michigan.  The equine industry is a significant economic generator of the overall Ag industry.  Horse racing in Michigan is a big business, unfortunately under Michigan’s current structure many of the horsemen and women race in other states, particularly Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. SB 504 would help the Michigan’s racing industry modernize and continue to support Michigan hay farmers, veterinarians, breeding farms, grooms, tack suppliers and many other jobs.



INFO UPDATE: April 25, 2016:

From the MGCB: Here are the licensing hours effective April 25th thru Sept. 3rd. Please advise licensees to apply for their licenses prior to entering the restricted areas and before the day they are scheduled to race. Licensing applications are available online at or by calling Hazel Park (313) 564-5397 or Northville Downs (248) 349-5458. Owner, jockey, driver, and trainer renewal applications may be sent by email, U.S. Mail, or fax with payment, and credit cards are accepted. Fax numbers are Hazel Park (248) 398-7583 or Northville Downs (248) 349-9139. Horses must have a current Rhino Vaccination within 6 months turned into the state veterinarian prior to entry. All trainers at Hazel Park Raceway will be required to fill out in full a workout/gate card, and given to the outrider upon entering the track prior to workout. This must be completed to receive credit for their horses workout.

Hazel Park Licensing Hours, April 25 to May 21:
Tuesdays: 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Wednesdays: 7:30 AM to Noon
Fridays: 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Saturdays: 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM




(248) 398-1000 EXT. 225

during Office hrs. or (231) 206-4884

Office Mgr.: Donna Foggiano

Tuesday 8:30am to 12:30pm

Wednesday 8:30am to 12:30pm

Friday 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Saturday 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Office next to Paddock



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PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR PAC FUND: Our ADW bill, SB634, is a vital link to the future of horse racing in Michigan. Although we have very positive feedback from almost every legislator that has seen our bill, we now NEED TO GAIN SUPPORT FOR OUR EFFORT! Please continue to support your PAC and any contribution you can afford will be helpful! Please send to: Michigan HBPA PAC Fund (NO CORPORATE CHECKS) 841 N. Latson Rd. Howell, Michigan 48843


Building the Franchise – Horse Racing and the National Football League

by: Todd Tennis, Capitol Services, Inc.

Baseball may be America’s Pastime, but it has unquestionably been supplanted by football as the primary spectator sport of choice. The National Football League has made amazing strides over the past few decades, turning itself into the preeminent sports league in the world. The NFL accomplished this in the same way that its most successful franchises win championships – teamwork.

The National Football League has several unique features that ensure a level of parity and regional access to the brand. A salary cap ensures that all teams compete on a level playing field in terms of player costs. An inverse draft system allows low-performing teams first access to the best college players each year.

Most importantly, though, is the NFL’s policy of revenue sharing that ensures that the brand is strong from Dallas, Texas to Green Bay, Wisconsin. Despite the fact that the lion’s share of television revenues are generated in a handful of major media market cities (New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, etc.), NFL rules stipulate that each franchise receives an even share of these funds. This helps to ensure that the sport maintains a strong foothold throughout the nation, and helps build a following that elevates the entire sport.

In a similar manner, the horse racing industry in Michigan pools simulcast revenues from various tracks around the state and shares them equally with all. The goal is to create a stable and consistent industry that spans multiple regions of the state.

Recently, some have argued that revenues generated by each specific track should be kept rather than shared. While this “site-specific” revenue would undoubtedly provide a short-term boost to the busier tracks, the long-term effects would be devastating to the entire industry. Smaller market tracks would soon go out of business, and before long Michigan might only have a single horse racing track. A sole venue would not be able to support the multi-million dollar industry, and some forms of racing (most notably thoroughbred and quarter horse) would cease altogether in Michigan.

This concept is the exact opposite of the practices that have made the NFL the most profitable sports league in the world – earning almost twice as much annually as its next closest competitor. Profit-sharing throughout the league demonstrates a long-term strategy that benefits the entire sport rather than just a few strong members. Conversely, site-specific racing revenues are the epitome of short-term, bottom-line planning that will benefit a small number of individuals at the expense of the majority of the sport’s participants.

Even worse, the long-term negative impact on the industry as a whole will eventually catch up to even the beneficiaries of site-specific simulcast revenues. Those lucky few will watch their profits dwindle as Michigan’s horse racing industry implodes. Eventually, the only real revenues for the one or two remaining tracks will be almost completely generated from races in other states. This idea is a bad deal for all involved, even those who might to stand to gain in the short run.




It becomes more difficult to draw a conclusion, that allowing an industry with a 77 year history to compete fairly is the "expansion" of gaming and a shallow argument at best, with:
1) More than 25 Casinos, with plans for more!
2) Hundreds of "Charity Poker" games taking place
3)Tens of millions wagered on the internet by Michigan residents, illegally on horse racing....state, tracks and horsemen receive -0-!
4) Lottery grows with Mega Millions and PowerBall, new games almost weekly, and Keno everywhere In light of the above, the "expansion" of gaming is a shallow argument vs the loss of 12,000 jobs and the elimination of hundreds of family businesses.

There appears to be more at work here! Under the current environment, Michigan's horse racing industry is facing two choices:
1) Get out of the state
2) Be forced out of the business.

WHAT'S AT STAKE: An entire industry that exists in almost every county in Michigan, and provides jobs for thousands of families! Horse racing has been a productive business in Michigan for more than 79 years, that provides: 12,000 family jobs Approx. 400 million dollars in economic impact, huge impact on agriculture 84,000 green acres Each race horse involves a significant numbers jobs and products: Farm jobs; breeding, raising and training Hay, Grain, Bedding Supplies, Equipment, Trucks, Trailers, Fuel and Maintenance Grooms, Trainers, Riders, Vets and Blacksmiths Track employees, Tellers, Maintenance The industry continues work on amending the 1995 Racing Act that will allow the industry to compete fairly with the gaming industry. There are important issues that are close to agreement. When that is completed, the survival of the industry will depend on the support of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches, quite a challenge. Not many industries face that challenge when a decision is made to offer more products that will allow them compete fairly within their industry. At the end of the day, horse racing depends on our elected officials. Take time to personally discuss your business with your legislator and ask for support, this may be our last chance.

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