Northville Downs, the last horse racing track in Michigan, will soon cease operations at its current location at 301 S. Center St. in Northville after 80 years of providing excitement and entertainment to avid horse racing enthusiasts. The final race is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 3 February 2024.
Opened in 1944, the racetrack has been slated for a $250m redevelopment project under a 2018 sale agreement with a real estate developer. Northville Downs has purchased 128 acres of land near the corner of Five Mile and Ridge roads in Plymouth Township to build a new harness racing facility, pending approval of the township board. It would include a half-mile oval harness racetrack, a 4,900-square foot grandstand, an 18,400-square foot patio in front of the grandstand, a 23,032-square foot racing building, a 35,475-square foot horse barn and a 3,200 square foot maintenance building.
“Roughly a year ago the board of trustees authorized negotiations on a planned unit development with Northville Downs and negotiations have been ongoing for the last year,” Plymouth Township Supervisor Kurt Heise said.
Despite the physical racetrack closing, horse racing fans will continue to be able to place mobile bets anytime, and uninterrupted — including on races such as the Kentucky Derby — via advance deposit wagering (ADW) through authorized providers Churchill Downs/TwinSpires, NYRA Bets, Xpressbet, and FanDuel Racing (TVG). Due to Northville Downs’ scheduled closure, patrons should be aware that they will no longer be able to place simulcast wagers in person at the track beginning Monday, Feb. 5. However, Northville Downs will announce the return of simulcast wagering as soon as possible after it reopens at its new location.
“The Michigan Gaming Control Board expresses our deepest gratitude to all of the Northville Downs patrons who have made each race day memorable and thrilling,” MGCB Executive Director Henry Williams said. “We appreciate the support of those who have kept Northville Downs going for 80 years and look forward to the next chapter of horse racing in Michigan at a new location.”
In light of the racetrack’s upcoming closing, all customers should be aware that Saturday, Feb. 10 will be the last day to cash in any winning wagers at Northville Downs. After this date, or if patrons are unable to make it to the track, they can mail winning tickets to: Northville Downs, 47526 Clipper St., PO Box 701220, Plymouth, MI 48170. All winning pari-mutuel tickets may be presented for payment within 60 days after the last day of the race meeting.