Great Lakes Downs Horse Racing Track in Michigan
Great Lakes Downs closed in 2008
Great Lakes Downs in Muskegon of Michigan is a well-known thoroughbred horse racing track. Whether you are interested in enjoying a delicious meal or betting on the horses, Great Lakes Downs race track certainly offers the best in the region. Owned by Magna Entertainment Corp. Great Lakes Downs promises patrons an unforgettable race day experience.
Top thoroughbred horses can be seen galloping along Great Lakes Downs’ oval five-eighths mile track between May and November every year. The track has a width of 80 feet with a ½ mile and 7/8 mile chute and home stretch of 580 feet. Many exciting stakes and handicaps are run at Muskegon’s Great Lakes Downs. Among these are the Regret Stakes, Spartan Stakes, Michigan Breeders’ Cup, Lansing Stakes, Dowling Stakes, Farer Belle Lee Handicap, Temptress Stakes, Michigan Oaks, Frontier Handicap, Michigan Sire Stakes and Patrick Wood Stakes, plus others. Many well-known steeds, jockeys, trainers and owners have attended races at Great Lakes Downs race track. Secret Romeo has set three records here, for 7 furlongs (2001), 1 mile (2001) and 1 mile 70 yards (2000). The oldest record maker is That Monetary who set the 1 1/16 mile record in 2001 at the age of 6. The Bold Bruiser holds the record for the 1 1/8 miles.
Great Lakes Downs is well known for its stunning dining room that looks out over the race track and paddock, providing an excellent view of the finish line. Personal televisions ensure that visitors don’t miss a second of the action. The restaurant serves a variety of delicious meals and has a full bar. Patrons can enjoy live entertainment on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Patrons can also take advantage of the full simulcast calendar, featuring thoroughbred and harness races from all around the United States.
Horse racing fans will find Muskegon’s Great Lakes Downs race track with its brilliant thoroughbred racing and superb restaurant a real treat.