Magna Entertainment Corp. has established a "continuous improvement" team under the supervision of chief operating officer Don Amos that will conduct an orderly study of the company's racetrack operations.
Amos, an owner/breeder and longtime associate of MEC chairman Frank Stronach, handpicked the team's members shortly after he took over Magna track operations in late February.
He didn't offer specifics on the panel's plans but said its work would begin at Gulfstream Park. It will be followed by an analysis of racetrack operations in Northern California, Southern California, and finally Lone Star Park in Texas, which is hosting this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
"We are going to look at our operations and see how we can benefit from our synergies," Amos said. "There is the customer element, the employee element; we have to address all these ingredients and come up with a better way to operate. We can't just talk about it but act on it."
The improvement team will play a leading role in the continuing development of Gulfstream. Amos said additional construction will begin at the conclusion of its meet but it is too early to divulge exactly what it will entail.
"It's moving forward, we're working with all the various authorities, and we're targeting construction at the end of the meet if everything falls into place," Amos said.
In his new role, Amos will spend all his time on the road visiting Magna tracks. The company's regional vice presidents will report to him directly.
Amos helped get Stronach involved in racing ownership after the two became acquainted in the late 1970s. Amos joined Magna International, Stronach's auto part manufacturing company, in 1984 and moved to MEC in 2000.