Not only can you play the ponies in person in Michigan, in 2020 you can also wager online at betting sites such as TwinSpires or BetAmerica.

Online Horse Betting Sites in Michigan

  • BetAmerica
  • Dayatthetrack
  • DRFBets
  • KeenelandSelect
  • Xpressbet

Horse racing in Michigan is enjoying quite a resurgence as of late. There are more tracks opening, or re-opening, in the state in 2019/2020.

Michigan Betting Racetracks

Gambling laws in Michigan allow casino gambling, a state lottery, bingo, card rooms and pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing.

The state currently has an online lottery, 23 tribal casinos, three commercial casinos, and one horse racing track – Northville Downs, which offers live standardbred harness races and simulcasting of races from out of state.

Northville Downs Michigan by Robert Lowthian
Northville Downs Racetrack Michigan. Photo by Robert Lowthian

The Northville Downs track has been sold to a real estate developer, but intends to race through 2020 after which it hopes to reopen at a new facility somewhere in southeast Michigan.

The Northville Downs Track:

301 South Center Street, Northville, Michigan 48167
Phone Number: 248-349-1000

If not, the state’s long involvement with horse racing, which dates to the legalization of pari-mutuel racing in 1933, may come to a close, though some other operators have expressed interest in running a racetrack in the Wolverine State. 

AmWest Entertainment LLC (Amwager) had planned to bring thoroughbred racing to Sports Creek Raceway, a shuttered harness racing venue near Flint.

However, efforts to conduct its first meeting in 2019 faltered when it could not reach an agreement with state regulators.

The track could reopen in 2020.

Amwest Off-Track Betting Facilities include:


110 Military Road, North Sioux City, South Dakota
Open 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Simulcast racing begins at 11 a.m.
Phone: (605) 232-4038


300 W. Main Street, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
Open Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Phone: (855) 729-3778

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