Mount Pleasant Meadows to Serve as Training Center

Michigan track will be converted to a training center.

Mount Pleasant Meadows operated races through 2013.

Mount Pleasant Meadows in central Michigan will be converted into a training center, according to the state’s Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.

On Tuesday, Daily Racing Form reported that a deal was reached between a group of area horsemen and the Isabella County Co-Expo Board, which controls day-to-day operations of the county’s fairgrounds, to keep the half-mile oval open for training beginning April 1. The Michigan Gaming Control Board has indicated that a clocker will eventually be available for official timed workouts. According to the Michigan HBPA, stall rental will be $1 per day. There will also be overnight lots for recreational vehicles and mobile homes available for $10 per night.

“We’ve had a lot of interest,” said Ron Sanders, president of the Isabella County Co-Expo Board. “I’ve had probably 150 horses that are speculated to come in during the first week or two. We’ll have official workout days once a week, and they can come and gallop on a daily basis.”

Mount Pleasant Meadows conducted live racing, including Quarter Horse racing, from 1985-2013. The track has about 300 stalls in its stable area. Originally scheduled to host a 16-day meet this year, Mount Pleasant ceased simulcast operations last month after a group of investors pulled its funding. Oil Capital Race Venture Inc., the group that leased the track from the fairgrounds, surrendered its racing license on February 12.

Sanders said that the Co-Expo Board would not operate a live meet itself, but it remains open to leasing the venue for live racing once again if the right investor comes along.

“As far as us as the Expo Board, we will not be having any races there unless it can be worked out with some other entity that can come in and do it,” Sanders added.

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