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Michigan’s Northville Downs to run 54 racing days in 2021

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Michigan-based racecourse Northville Downs has announced plans to schedule 54 days of live pari-mutuel horse racing on Fridays and Saturdays throughout 2021, under an order issued October 27 by the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB).

The track has also received permission to simulcast races to and from the venue, and conduct simulcast pari-mutuel wagering throughout next year except on 4 April, 25 November, and 24 and 25 December.

The 2021 live standardbred horse racing season will be split into two segments: 19 March to 26 June, then 1 October to 18 December.

“It has been a challenging year for live horse racing, and we hope the 2021 season will go well,” said Richard S. Kalm, MGCB executive director. “The added option of mobile betting approved this year provides extra support for Michigan’s horse racing industry and may draw new fans to the sport.”

The 2020 live season was postponed as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, starting on 14 August after the initially scheduled opening date of 20 March was pushed back. The current season includes 36 live racing dates, rather than the 52 originally scheduled, and will end 12 December.

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