Pinnacle Race Course
|Horse Race Track|
|Pinnacle Race Course|
|Location||Huron Township, Wayne County, Michigan, USA|
|Owned by||Jerry Campbell|
|Year opened||2008||Year closed||Nov. 3, 2010|
|Principal Races – Pinnacle Race Course|
History and information
The track opened on July 18, 2008. The track was rushed into operation in the summer of 2008 to replace Muskegon's Great Lakes Downs on the Michigan racing schedule. Magna Entertainment Corporation closed Great Lakes Downs in November 2007 after years of financial losses.
The track has a one-mile dirt oval, with plans to build a 7/8-mile turf course by 2010.
The track opened with a 1,000-seat temporary grandstand, with a 4,000-seat permanent grandstand expected to be complete by 2010.
The inaugural season of thoroughbred racing started July 18, 2008, ending November 2, 2008. The long-term plans call for racing annually from March through November, with the Michigan Derby for three-year-olds running in April, as a prep race for the Kentucky Derby.
In 2010 live racing was cut to Saturdays and Sundays only, 44 days in all, due to a budget reduction in the state's racing commission. The track also has reportedly not paid many of their bills in 2010 and had their utilities cut-off for a time and as of February 2011 their website was down.
On Nov. 3, 2010, Pinnacle Race Course surrendered its license back to the State of Michigan due to mounting financial problems. After doing so, the race track suspended all operations, giving no word on whether they would re-open or not. As of April 1, 2011, foreclosure proceedings are now in effect. Notices signifying such a situation are now prominently displayed on doors and windows of the building.
- Shea, Bill. Pinnacle Race Course offers minority stake: Financial whoa: Track owners seek to tighten reins, Crain's Detroit Business, November 4, 2010, Retrieved 2011-2-14
- pinnacleracecourse.com, retrieved 2011-02-14
- Jenkins, Rich. HURON TWP: Township to play lesser role in Pinnacle foreclosure, The News Herald, January 14, 2012, Retrieved 2012-1-14