Primal Force, the 2000 Broodmare of the Year and foundation mare for Frank Stronach's Adena Springs, died on the morning April 17 as a result of complications during foaling at the Paris, Ky. farm.
Shareholders of MI Developments voted March 29 to end the company's "dual class share" structure and turn its racing-related holdings over to chairman Frank Stronach.
- By Tom LaMarra
MI Developments reported its racing and gaming business lost $76.68 million in 2010, with a loss of $47.29 million for the fourth quarter of last year, the company reported March 10.
The Florida legislature began its annual session March 8, with a bill that would authorize up to five Las Vegas-style casino hotels topping its list of issues that would impact the state's Thoroughbred industry.
Breeders' Cup president and chief executive officer Greg Avioli has resigned to take a new position with a racing and gaming company, Breeders' Cup announced March 4.
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Analysis: Gulfstream/Calder resolution opens door for more questions regarding the future of racing in South Florida.
Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course have selected schedules that will have Gulfstream rather than Calder holding races through most of December 2011, with no overlap of dates.
Gulfstream Park went on the offensive in its dispute with Calder Casino & Race Course Feb. 24 when it said it plans to race year-round during the 12 months beginning July 1.
Frank Stronach announced Feb. 17 the formation of the Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred After-Care Program.
MI Developments chairman Frank Stronach has offered to meet with Maryland horsemen in the wake of a Maryland Racing Commission meeting at which MID and partner Penn National Gaming Inc. were criticized.
Awesome Feather, the undefeated champion 2-year-old filly of 2010, might return to training before the end of the month, the Daily Racing Form reported Feb. 7.
A majority of shareholders in MI Developments have agreed to support the transfer of the company's racetracks to Frank Stronach in exchange for the company chairman to relinquish his voting control over MID.
Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm was rewarded with its seventh Eclipse Award when they were announced Jan. 17, with horses bred by the farm earning more than $13.3 million last year.
Awesome Feather, the undefeated winner of the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), is presently out of training with no set timetable for her to return to competition.
Adena Springs finished 2010 as the leading individual breeder in North America with earnings of $13,369,852.
Gulfstream Park will open its 2011 racing meet Jan. 5 with a new Sunday date for the Florida Derby (gr. I), other changes in its stakes schedule, and new multi-race bets highlighted by a 10-cent only Pick 6.
In a move that sets up a possible battle with Calder Casino & Race Course over racing dates, Gulfstream Park has told the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering that it plans to hold racing in December 2011.
Gulfstream Park is considering a 3 p.m. first post time for the last six Fridays of its 2011 racing season, according to the track's president and general manager.
A horsemen's representative acknowledged Dec. 21 there's still a little more than a week to get a racing schedule in place in Maryland for 2011, but he said chances are slim if the situation isn't resolved before Christmas.
The Reuters News Service is reporting that owner-breeder Frank Stronach is working out a deal in which he would relinquish control of his real estate company in exchange for some of its racetrack assets.
The co-owner of Maryland's race tracks is trying to secure a deal that would provide 140 days of live racing in 2011.
Gulfstream Park on Dec. 16 announced its 2011 wagering menu that will include its first Pick 5, with a 50-cent minimum bet, and a major reduction of its Pick 6 minimum bet from $2 to 10 cents.
The head of the company that co-owns Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park said Dec. 2 that he will try to break the impasse threatening the future of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) when he travels to Maryland next week.
Though overall figures were down for the Keeneland November breeding stock sale that ended Nov. 20, the results were encouragingly good considering ongoing weakness in the horse industry and the economy at large.
Prominent Thoroughbred breeder-owner Frank Stronach has taken over as chief executive officer of MI Developments, the racetrack operating company of which he is already chairman.
MI Developments received two waivers from the California Horse Racing Board Nov. 9 allowing it to move forward with the operation of Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields and complete its new dirt track at Santa Anita.
Halsey Minor has made an offer to buy all MI Developments assets for $300 million to $320 million.
Awesome Again, who stands at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs near Paris, Ky., will stand for the same $50,000 fee in 2011 that he stood for in 2010.
Adena Springs, owned by Frank Stronach, has chosen Chad Brown as the new trainer of Awesome Feather, the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner it bought for $2.3 million.
Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Awesome Feather is the Kentucky auction's top seller, bringing $2.3 million.
Two days after winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), undefeated Awesome Feather sold for $2.3 million Nov. 7, early during the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November select mixed sale in Lexington.
Frank Stronach has added considerable strength to his Canadian stallion roster. Headlining the group is English champion North Light, the only Epsom Derby (Eng-I) winner standing in North America.
Joe and Anne McMahon will stand five Adena Springs' stallions in 2011 at their McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds near Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Removal of Santa Anita's synthetic surface began Oct. 11 as the first step in replacing it with a dirt surface. Track officials are close to deciding the mix of materials to be used as the surface material.
The auction formerly was conducted at Calder Casino & Race Course.
MI Developments has appointed Timothy Ritvo, a veteran trainer in Florida and several Northeast states, to the new position of vice president of racing for the East coast.
An entity controlled by the family of Frank Stronach has offered to purchase any or all of the outstanding stock it doesn't already own in racetrack operating company MI Developments.
While track officials and horsemen make their final decisions on the composition of Santa Anita's new dirt racing surface, crews are to begin removal of the existing Pro-Ride synthetic material Oct. 11.
MI Developments Inc. announced Aug. 27 a bonus program involving tracks owned by the company that could result in a $5.5 million bonus for the winner of the 2011 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
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The Oak Tree Racing Association appears to be on the move once again after horsemen refused to go along with holding the fall meeting at Santa Anita over concerns with the main track's condition.
Frank Stronach, chairman of MI Developments and owner of Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields, has called a meeting with California horsemen Aug. 18 at Del Mar Surfside Race Place, the track's simulcast wagering facility.
Hollywood Park plans to race through the 2011 calendar year, track president Jack Liebau said.
Citing the American concept of free enterprise, the owner of Santa Anita and Golden Gate racetracks is seeking more dates and the right to choose when to conduct live racing.
Thoroughbred racing in California remained uncertain about the future following a state horse racing board meeting July 22 in which major track owner MI Developments refused once again to provide a glimpse of its plans.
With this year's Queen's Plate at Woodbine Racetrack having turned into a wide open affair, hunch players might look no further than the royally bred Mobilizer in the July 4 Canadian classic.
A day after the Oak Tree Racing Association received a one-year reprieve from its landlord at Santa Anita Park, its executive vice president said he's working on a long-term lease arrangement for the autumn meet at Del Mar.
The chief executive of the company that now owns Santa Anita Park said installation of a new main track would prevent Oak Tree from using the facility in 2010.
Nappelon, dam of 2007 champion Ginger Punch, died May 31 in Central Kentucky.
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