Edited press release
Paul Micucci, vice president of the gaming division of Magna Entertainment Corp., has been named president and general manager of Gulfstream Park. He replaces Scott Savin, who had held those positions at Gulfstream since 2000.
Micucci became head of the gaming division of MEC, owner of Gulfstream, in March 2003. MEC in a May 15 release said his extensive gaming-entertainment experience will enhance the success of the company's first full-amenity racing property.
The new Gulfstream opened to the public for racing in January 2006 and will include a show lounge, restaurants, bars, night clubs, poker tables, and slot machines by the time the 2007 racing season starts. MEC has a partnership with Forest City Developments for a multi-use retail and residential complex at the Hallandale Beach, Fla., property.
"A tremendous future is in store for Gulfstream Park," Micucci said in a statement. "We want Gulfstream Park to become not merely a major entertainment destination in South Florida, but a major entertainment destination in the nation and beyond."
Savin is helping with the transition, the release said.
"Right now, I'm thinking about taking a vacation, but I'll be a regular here at Gulfstream Park," said Savin, a resident of nearby Aventura and a former official with the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association. "I'm a horsemen and I love racing, and I love this facility. I enjoyed my time working with Frank Stronach and I truly believe in his vision for the future of horse racing. As a fan of Gulfstream Park, I have every confidence that Paul Micucci will do a great job."
Dennis Testa and Rick Odum will remain in their current roles of director of operations/assistant general manager and director of finance, respectively.