Hazel Park Raceway

Hazel Park Raceway: Hours, Address, Hazel Park Raceway Reviews: 3.5/5

Hazel Park Raceway
3.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Cathy H
51 contributions
This place is CLOSED and has been torn down
Mar 2019 • Solo
Hazel Park Raceway, located in Hazel Park, Michigan, was a horse race track offering live thoroughbred racing every Friday and Saturday night May through mid-September and simulcast wagering seven days a week all year long on thoroughbred and harness races from across the US and Canada. Admission and parking were free. It was the only raceway in Michigan to offer live thoroughbred racing.

The track opened in 1949 and was closed in April 2018 due to financial difficulties.
Written March 8, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

hemy12
Caledonia, MI58 contributions
Enjoyable, unique family outing
Aug 2017 • Family
Based on the way horse tracks in Michigan have been disappearing the last 10 years, I would recommend getting to Hazel Park soon. It is the last Thoroughbred track in the state. I brought my wife and three children and recommend the "Night at the Races," package, especially if you have children because we were able to go down to the barn, talk with the trainers and the kids pet the horses. The package paid for itself between the dining credit and the wagering credit.

I agree with the previous review that the restaurant was very missable - food was uninspiring, service was weak. Prime Rib is actually more what I would call a rib steak as opposed to traditional prime rib. Fish and chips probably came out of a box.

There are four levels in the clubhouse, each with a slightly different atmosphere, from subdued to party. The area by the grandstands trackside was very lively and busy, but at the same time I didn't feel concerned at all having my young children down there even during the last race when most, I assume, were well lubricated.

I enjoy the wagering part of it and was able to easily place bets on live races as well as the simulcast races around the country. There were ample TVs throughout the facility showing all the races, including many smaller, individual TVs where you can change the channel to the race you want to watch.

Horse racing is such a unique experience compared to the other entertainment options out there and Hazel Park is an extremely affordable way to enjoy it. Parking and entrance were free. They had $1 and $2 Friday night specials that included beer and hot dogs, but even their regular prices for mixed drinks and other foods/drinks were very reasonable. The track was busy with spectators, but not overcrowded. It was a perfectly fine atmosphere for bringing my family, but would also be a lot of fun for a guys' or girls' or even couples' night out.
Written August 7, 2017
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Stephanie K
Clinton Township148 contributions
Enjoy the tracks but skip the restaurant
Aug 2017 • Couples
The tracks were fun, a great casual place to hang out with family and friends. The crowd is very diversified with a huge variety in ages. Lots of families on friday nights. $2 beers, $1 pops, hot dogs and popcorn make it a cheap family fun night out. The restaurant could not have been more disappointing. The food was bad but the service was worse. 45 minutes after receiving the food the waitress meandered by to ask how it was, the steak was now cold and close to raw..she did offer to take it back and have them cook it longer. Disgusting. We had to go to the hostess desk to track down our server, she messed up the bill. Asked for steak sauce and was told they were out. Asked for a box to go and she said she would see if they had any left. What a shame, again the track was great but skip the restaurant.
Written August 4, 2017
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Yvonne M
11 contributions
Sat night prime rib
Jun 2017 • Couples
The prime rib was amazing but the service was terrible. Waited for drinks and never got side of gravy until my meal was over. Fun night after we left the dining room. Great food.
Written June 28, 2017
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TransAm2
Detroit, MI2 contributions
Awesome Date Night
May 2017
The track was a wonderful place to beginning a long lasting relationship. The racing experience was exciting, the drinks were engaging, and the betting was fundamentally low budget. I recommend the raceway to all ages with full intentions on people watching and thoroughbred racing! Furthermore, parking is free and the food is tasty :)
Written May 17, 2017
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tap
Belleville, MI54 contributions
Kentucky Derby party
May 2017 • Couples
This place was such a disappointment. Lines for drinks, food, betting were too long. Management missed such an amazing opportunity to support a crowd there to party. Too bad. Place is run down, no maintenance, sad to say.
Written May 6, 2017
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kirstybullis
Eaton Rapids, MI29 contributions
Kentucky Derby Party at Hazel Park = Waste of time
May 2017 • Couples
We drove almost 2 hours to the Kentucky Derby party at Hazel Park today. Don't waste your time. The track is old, run down, and disgusting. Very poor venue. (Don't get me started on how the barns looked) There were no big screens for the viewing the Derby, just the regular track simulcast TVs, and those were small to say the least. Last of all, we found no programs for sale, the lines were crazy long, and that ran out of their very heavily advertises mint juilips and glass 2 hours before the Derby. Get better organized and/or management. We will never be back.
Written May 6, 2017
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Amy R
Huntington Woods, MI6 contributions
A fun activity.
Sep 2016 • Couples
We love going to Hazel Park Raceway. It's as much fun to sit in the bleachers and watch the people as it is to watch the horses race around the track. Betting is easy and fun, and with the low $2 minimum bet, you can have all the excitement of winning without risking very much. Friday night is the best night to go!
Written September 13, 2016
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JUDYYRJ
ROCHESTER MICH57 contributions
Great fun
Sep 2016 • Couples
Staff were friendly and accommodating We purchased gift certificates which were a great deal. It included a tour of the paddock and stables . Our tour guide, aka the General Manager, was knowledgeable and shared lots of interesting information.
I would recommend you skip the buffet..food was dry and a big disappointment. Gambling was fun, even though we were losers.
Written September 12, 2016
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ferryspotter
saratoga NY82 contributions
Hope this was not the last hurrah
Aug 2015 • Couples
Pulled our visit forward when we learned they were closing 5 weeks early. Easy access for this handicapped person and there was an excellent buffet including sausage and peppers and onions and thin-sliced roast beef and gravy. 16 ounce Budweiser and Labbatt's for $2 may have helped a good natures crowd of several thousand.
Fortunately, we were at a table with a monitor because the "toteboard" gave no information other than fractional running times during the actual races. We have previously attended Thoroughbred racing at 4 other sites in Michigan, all of which are gone now. The horsemen and fans deserve their racing and I hope Hazel Park reopens next year.
Written August 15, 2015
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