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All Michigan Race Tracks Offer Kentucky Derby Wagering

3 May 2000

LIVONIA, Mich., May 3 (Press Release) - The saying, "Everyone's a racing fan on Kentucky Derby day" will be put to the test this coming Saturday afternoon when Michigan racing fans will be able to wager on the Churchill Downs' classic race at all of the state's seven pari-mutuel tracks and, for those fans who prefer their racing live, Great Lakes Downs (GLD) will open its 2000 live Thoroughbred racing season Friday, May 5, offering 132 dates of live racing through November 7. GLD begins its second meet after being acquired by Magna Entertainment, the largest racing corporation in the U.S. Magna is also making Michigan the corporate headquarters for the company.

Michigan's Racing Commissioner Annette Bacola said, "GLD is getting off to a strong start with 3 times the horses this year as they had on site last year. This will be a visible meet nationwide. We fully expect the track to hit its stride this year and welcome Magna to Michigan racing."

Michigan's six other pari-mutuel horse racing tracks in Hazel Park, Jackson, Mount Pleasant, Northville, Saginaw and Swartz Creek will all be open for simulcast wagering from noon till midnight, including wagering on the Kentucky Derby.

Bacola further noted that live Standardbred race meetings are currently underway at both the Hazel Park and Jackson tracks, and next Sunday, May 14, Mount Pleasant Meadows will open its live Quarter Horse, Thoroughbred, Arabian and Appaloosa season which will run on weekends through September 24.

"This has been an exciting year for Michigan racing and the addition of live Thoroughbred racing at Great Lakes Downs this coming weekend and live Mixed breed racing at Mount Pleasant Meadows next weekend will help keep up the pace," Bacola said.

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