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Big Payday for Ex-Thoroughbred Times Owner

Norman Ridker, whose Thoroughbred Times owed millions of dollars to creditors when he closed the company through Chapter 7 bankruptcy, secured a large personal payday Feb. 1 by selling his remaining magazines.

Eskendereya to Be Sold Under Zayat Plan

Eskendereya to Be Sold Under Zayat Plan

Zayat Stables has agreed to sell all of grade I winner and probable Kentucky Derby favorite Eskendereya this year under a bankruptcy reorganization plan that projects all creditors will be paid in full.

Zayat Refutes Claims by Fifth Third

Zayat Refutes Claims by Fifth Third

Attorneys for Ahmed Zayat's Zayat Stables are refuting claims by Fifth Third Bank that the prominent stable violated terms of a cash collateral agreement by withdrawing four horses from a Keeneland sale.

Zayat to Keep Control of Stable

Zayat to Keep Control of Stable

Thoroughbred owner Ahmed Zayat will keep control of his stable for the time being as Fifth Third Bank has decided not to seek a trustee to run Zayat Stables.

NY Breeders Group Issues Warning

The New York City Off-Track Betting Corp.'s bankruptcy petition and attempt to alter how it funds the industry risks undermining the state's already hard-hit breeding programs, New York's leading breeding group is warning.

Paterson Authorizes NYCOTB Reorganization

New York Gov. David A. Paterson on Sept. 1 signed Executive Order No. 27, authorizing the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation (NYCOTB) to file a petition for reorganization under Chapter 9 of the federal bankruptcy code. The governor issued the order after it was determined that NYCOTB requires major restructuring to regain solvency. Paterson has directed the NYCOTB board of directors, led by Chairman Meyer "Sandy" Frucher, to provide the governor's office with a restructuring plan within two months, which likely will include a Chapter 9 filing for NYCOTB.

Stronach Critical of Certain MID Investors

Magna Entertainment Corp. chairman Frank Stronach criticized certain hedge-fund investors for putting "unwarranted" pressure on the bankrupt racetrack company's parent entity, suggesting May 8 that those antagonists could start their own company if they didn't like what they saw.

Bid for MEC Properties Dropped by Parent

Bid for MEC Properties Dropped by Parent

MI Developments said April 20 it has agreed with MEC to terminate its "stalking horse" bid of $195 million to purchase various assets, including racetracks. MEC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in early April, at which time MID announced it would buy some of its assets.

Trustee Backs Plan for MEC Examiner

The Office of U.S. Trustee is backing a shareholder's demand to install an independent examiner as an overseer of transactions related to Magna Entertainment Corp.'s bankruptcy reorganization, a move which the horse racing company claims will be detrimental to various interests.

Minor Details Bid for Most MEC Assets

Minor Details Bid for Most MEC Assets

Technology entrepreneur Halsey Minor said on April 3 that he has submitted a bid to Magna Entertainment Corp. under which he would buy substantially all of that bankrupt company's assets except Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

MEC OK'd for Additional Interim Funding

Magna Entertainment Corp. received an additional $2.5 million in interim financing to continue its operations through the initial stages of its bankruptcy reorganization April 3 after apparent agreements were reached with some of its objecting creditors

MEC Creditors Criticize Stronach's Role

Joining in the parade of objectors to Magna Entertainment Corp.'s proposed debtor financing and sale of assets is the unsecured creditors committee, which primarily singled out company chairman Frank Stronach for his role in MEC's bankruptcy reorganization process.

Banks Object to MEC Auction Process

Three banks holding liens on racetracks such as Pimlico Race Course, Santa Anita Park, and Golden Gate Fields have filed objections over Magna Entertainment Corp.'s proposed bidding process to sell those racetracks and certain other assets.

Magna Will Not File 2008 Annual Report

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Magna Will Not File 2008 Annual Report

Magna Entertainment Corp. announced March 26 that it will not be filing its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2008, nor will it be filing quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission or the Canadian securities regulators during the period it continues to operate its business as a debtor in possession under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

MEC Bankruptcy Fallout Hits Ohio Track

MEC Bankruptcy Fallout Hits Ohio Track

The Ohio State Racing Commission ruled March 19 that Thistledown's racing permit will be suspended as of March 28 if parent company Magna Entertainment Corp., which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection March 5, fails to renew a $1-million bond.

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