kentucky derby http://michiganradio.org en Kentucky Derby betting giving a boost to Michigan's ailing horse racing tracks http://michiganradio.org/post/kentucky-derby-betting-giving-boost-michigans-ailing-horse-racing-tracks <p>Saturday is expected to be the busiest day of the year at Michigan&rsquo;s four horse racing tracks.</p><p>The tracks usually see a big boost in simulcast betting from t<a href="http://www.kentuckyderby.com/">he Kentucky Derby</a>.</p><p>Brett Boyd is president of the <a href="http://www.mhha-online.com/newsite/index.php">Michigan Harness Horsemen&rsquo;s Association.</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; He says Michigan&rsquo;s ailing horse racing industry relies more and more on the money wagered on the three races.</p><p>&ldquo;This weekend we really hoping the folks come out to one of those four facilities&hellip;wager on the Derby&hellip;have some fun and make some money,&rdquo; says Boyd.</p><p>Michigan&rsquo;s horse race tracks have dwindled from 8 to 4 in recent years.&nbsp;&nbsp; Industry officials blame competition from casinos and other types of gambling, including online gaming.</p><p>Brett Boyd hopes the state legislature will <a href="http://www.mhha-online.com/newsite/index.php">change state law to make the tracks more competitive</a>. &nbsp;Otherwise, he expects two more Michigan horse race tracks may soon close.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 04 May 2012 18:51:46 +0000 Steve Carmody 7344 at http://michiganradio.org Kentucky Derby betting giving a boost to Michigan's ailing horse racing tracks