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Letters Critical of MEC's Economic State

San Francisco-based institutional investor Farallon Capital Managment and technology entrepreneur Halsey Minor are separately asking MI Developments Inc. for a major financial shake-up of racing conglomerate Magna Entertainment Corp. MID is the controlling shareholder of the debt-laden racetrack owner.

MEC Adopts Anti-Slaughter Policy

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Magna Entertainment Corp. has formally adopted a company-wide policy promoting the humane treatment of racehorses, the company announced Oct. 10.

MEC Shares Plunge in Sept. 30 Trading

MEC Shares Plunge in Sept. 30 Trading

Shares of Magna Entertainment Corp. plummeted by more than 50% on heavier than average volume Sept. 30, prompting more concern for the owner of the site of next month's Breeder' Cup World Championships.

Adena Springs Cancels Broodmare Sale

Adena Springs Cancels Broodmare Sale

Frank Stronach's Adena Springs operation has canceled the 2008 edition of its annual broodmare sale. The auction, which featured mares in foal to Adena Springs stallions, had been held for 11 consecutive years previously.

MEC Working With THG on Pricing Model

MEC Working With THG on Pricing Model

Magna Entertainment Corp., in a statement issued the evening of Aug. 28, acknowledged it is having discussions with the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Group on what company chairman Frank Stronach called "a new framework" for pari-mutuel economics.

Einhorn Again Challenges MEC Parent

A long-time adversarial shareholder of MI Developments has asked the parent company of Magna Entertainment Corp. to re-examine its interest in the racing and gaming entity, calling MEC a "failed" business enterprise.

Hialeah Redux: Beyond Brunetti, Minor

Hialeah Redux: Beyond Brunetti, Minor

Hialeah Park owner John Brunetti is looking forward to meeting with prospective buyer Halsey Minor about what he calls multiple "hurdles" to returning racing to the historic track that last held a meet in 2001.

Florida QH Track Backers Still Active

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Florida's only harness track and several Thoroughbred industry executives are making plans for Quarter Horse racing, with potentially lucrative poker rooms serving as part of the attraction.

MI Developments Wins Greenlight Appeal

A New York investment company and affiliates have lost their appeal of a shareholder oppression lawsuit they originally filed against the parent company of Magna Entertainment Corp., with the Canadian judges affirming lower-court awarded indemnity costs of $2.1 million.

MEC Reorganization Vote Postponed

MEC Reorganization Vote Postponed

The parent company of Magna Entertainment Corp. has called off a scheduled July 24 shareholder meeting to vote on a complex reorganization plan that has raised the ire of some large stakeholders.

Hamelback Named Adena Springs GM

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Eric Hamelback, who has been with Frank Stronach's Adena Springs twice during his career, has been named general manager of the Kentucky property.

Harlem Rocker Skipping Queen's Plate

Harlem Rocker Skipping Queen's Plate

Harlem Rocker, decisive winner of the Withers Stakes (gr. III) and fourth in the Plate Trial this season, will not contest the June 22 Queen's Plate (Can-IR) at Woodbine.

Harlem Rocker Empty in Plate Trial

Harlem Rocker Empty in Plate Trial

Harlem Rocker, regarded as one of the top 3-year-olds in North America and briefly under consideration for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), failed in his first two-turn test June 1 at Woodbine. The son of Macho Uno finished a well-beaten fourth in the $150,000 Plate Trial Stakes.

Harlem Rocker To Skip Preakness

Harlem Rocker To Skip Preakness

Big Brown's task just got a little - or a lot - easier with the decision of Harlem Rocker's owner Frank Stronach to bypass Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and await the $1-million Queen's Plate at Woodbine June 22.

Santa Anita's Track Decision Due in May

Santa Anita's Track Decision Due in May

Now that the Santa Anita winter meeting has ended, work can begin in earnest on the choice of main-track surface. Following a comprehensive series of tests on the current main track, a decision is probable sometime in May, Santa Anita president Ron Charles said April 22.

MEC Gets Extension on $40-Million Loan

MEC Gets Extension on $40-Million Loan

Magna Entertainment Corp. has been granted a one-month extension on a $40-million loan that was due to mature March 31, a credit agreement that is secured by the assets of the company's Golden Gate Fields and Santa Anita Park.

Proposal: MEC Parent to Sell Interest

Proposal: MEC Parent to Sell Interest

The parent company of Magna Entertainment Corp. has announced a proposal that would result in the sell-off of its controlling investment in the racing company to entities affiliated with company founder Frank Stronach.

MEC's Parent Company May Step in Again

MEC's Parent Company May Step in Again

The parent company of Magna Entertainment Corp. says the racing and gaming company needs to sell off assets as quickly as possible to drive down debt, and may not be able to repay loans that are set to expire in May.

'Groundhog Day:' MEC Losses Mount

'Groundhog Day:' MEC Losses Mount

With one analyst tagging the proceedings "Groundhog Day," Magna Entertainment Corp. announced Feb. 29 more losses during a short, testy conference call that discussed year-end financials for 2007.

Eclipse Breeder: Adena Springs

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Eclipse Breeder: Adena Springs

As a result of finishing 2007 as the leading breeder by earnings for the fifth consecutive year, Frank Stronach's Adena Springs was voted the outstanding breeder of the year for a record fifth time.

Charles Named COO of MEC

Charles Named COO of MEC

Santa Anita Park president and chief executive officer Ron Charles has taken on additional duties with the parent company of the racetrack after accepting an appointment as chief operating officer of Magna Entertainment Corp., it was announced Jan. 7.

HOPA Reorganizes Board, Focus

HOPA Reorganizes Board, Focus

The Horse Owners' Protective Association, an industry advocacy group that was formed in part by activist owner Jess Jackson, has announced a reorganization of its board and an expanded focus of its mission.

Raffetto Out, Dragone in at MJC

Raffetto Out, Dragone in at MJC

The Maryland Jockey Club announced Nov. 28 that president and chief operating officer Lou Raffetto Jr. will be leaving effective immediately to pursue other opportunities, and that Chris Dragone, a former senior vice president and general manager at the MJC, will take over his duties.

Numbers up for Keeneland Session

Buyers at the eighth session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale kept things rolling Nov. 12, pushing the gross, average, and median towards positive gains in a session-to-session comparison over 2006.

Ginger Punch Spices Up Beldame Field

Ginger Punch Spices Up Beldame Field

Trainer Bobby Frankel said he isn't thinking about the Breeders' Cup Championships as much as the Sept. 30 Beldame (gr. I) at Belmont Park. The Frankel-trained Ginger Punch, a 4-year-old, will be the favorite in the Beldame, a 1 1/8-mile dirt race for fillies and mares.

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