08/16/2016 8:20PM

Hazel Park adds seven days to 2016 schedule


Hazel Park Raceway will extend its live meet through Oct. 1, adding seven additional dates to its 2016 racing calendar.

The newly scheduled dates are Friday, Sept. 9 and Saturday, Sept. 10; Sunday, Sept. 18; Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24; and Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1. Post time for the new dates will be the usual 7:30 p.m. Eastern, except on Sunday, Sept. 18, when racing will begin at 4:30 p.m.

The meet was originally scheduled to comprise 30 days from May 27 to Sept. 3.

“We’ve had a good season so far,” said Ladd Biro, Hazel Park’s director of racing. “The horsemen wanted it, and of course, that’s natural because the longer they can stay in one place, they prefer to do that. The purse money was there, and that was one of the key issues.”

Biro said the unusual Sunday race date and post time came about because an event had already been scheduled on the property for the preceding Friday and Saturday when the plan was to end the meet Sept. 3.

Hazel Park management submitted a request to the Michigan Gaming Control Board to extend the meet by seven days on July 28. The board approved three of the dates but denied four, citing insufficient funds in its current fiscal year’s horse racing budget to regulate all seven dates. On Monday, the Michigan legislature authorized additional funds allowing the dates to be run, and the board issued a new executive order approving the full request.

The meet extension comes in stark contrast to Hazel Park’s 2015 season, which ended a month prematurely due to insufficient purse funds and moved the state’s signature Michigan Sire Stakes card up from mid-September to its new closing day in early August.

This year’s Sire Stakes card is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 3.

“We’re still plugging along,” Biro said. “We don’t have to turn out the lights on Labor Day. We’ll continue to go, and we might have a few more promotions along the way. It should be fun.”

Cindy Davidson More than 1 year ago
BIGGEST DAY in Michigan Horse Racing ... Sire Stakes Day .. September  3 .. Hazel Park  Race Track.   Once a year a great day of racing comes along, races for Michigan Bred horses.  The Michigan Sire Stakes if for thoroughbred horses sired by thoroughbred stallions standing in Michigan.  A real reason to celebrate.  This is a great evening of racing for all, family friendly atmosphere, bring your friends out for a good time and a reason for celebration, come join the fun.  Hazel Park.. lets see some advertising all around Michigan for this event, many people don't even know there is a Thoroughbred Race Track right here in Michigan, lets get the word out.
Cindy Davidson More than 1 year ago
This is great news!   Racing Extended.    Now, with regard to  Sire Stakes Day...lets see some advertisement all around the state, this is Michigan's biggest and most important day of racing each year, lets get the news out about a day of racing that is only for horses sired by Michigan stallions.  A celebration for sure, with out breeders there is no racing.  Lets make it a celebration of the Michigan Thoroughbred Race Horse.    Sire Stakes Day September 3.  There are a lot of Michiganders who don't know there is great race track in Michigan...Hazel Park ..spread the word.