Hazel Park Opens 30-Day Meet Friday

The Detroit-area track runs Fridays and Saturdays through September 3.

Q-Racing Journal

Hazel Park opens its 30-day meet on Friday.

Hazel Park near Detroit will open its 30-day meet with a nine-race program on Friday.

Hazel Park offers Thoroughbred, American Quarter Horse, Paint and Arabian racing on Fridays and Saturdays through closing day, September 3. Friday’s opening-day card opens with a 300-yard, $5,000 maiden-special-weight dash for Quarter Horses and Paints.

Hazel Park’s 2015 ended abruptly due to a shortfall in purse funding. Ladd Biro, the track’s director of racing, told Daily Racing Form that the decision to start the meet later than last year’s May 1 opener should help increase field sizes early in the season.

“Winter can retard the speed with which horses can train here,” Biro said. “Last year, we had a little bit of a shortage. I think opening up late in the season, there will be more horses that are race-ready. We’ll pick up with the purse account being just about the same as we were last year.”

For more information about Hazel Park’s Quarter Horse program, visit the Great Lakes Quarter Horse Association’s website.

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHA Racing on Twitter, "like" Q-Racing on Facebook, and visit www.aqharacing.com.