Michigan Senate Updates Racing Law

Bill would change how tracks distribute purses.

Crain's Detroit Business

The Michigan Senate has updated a law that would change the way tracks, including Hazel Park near Detroit, distribute purses.

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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