Michigan Senate Updates Racing Law
Bill would change how tracks distribute purses.
May 9, 2016
Crain's Detroit Business
Two bills that would update Michigan's racing law cleared the state Senate on Tuesday, without a provision that would have allowed the state's two remaining tracks to operating electronic betting.
Under the legislation, sponsored by Sen. David Robertson (R-Grand Blanc Township), wagers placed on placed on live races in the state would be deposited in new track-specific "horsemen's simulcast purse accounts," which would designate the money for the track at which it was wagered.
Michigan's two racetracks include Hazel Park Raceway, which operates as a Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse track. Hazel Park's 2016 meet runs Fridays and Saturdays from May 27-September 3.
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