Five years after Frank Stronach first pitched his dream of Dixon Downs, Magna Entertainment's model racing and entertainment complex in Northern California reached a significant milestone Sept. 23 with the release of the draft environmental impact report.
With 2006 a little more than three months away, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association continues to push for membership renewals and seek new members in advance of its annual meeting, scheduled for Oct. 10-12 in Lexington.
North Light, an English champion and classic winner, will enter stud at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm near Midway, Ky.
A field of 10 horses has been drawn for Saturday's Kentucky Cup Classic at Turfway Park. Won last year by Roses in May, this year's event features grade II winner Grand Reward as the 122-pound highweight--and a new Polytrack surface.
Ghostzapper, last year's Horse of the Year after winning the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) in track-record time, will begin his stallion career for a fee of $200,000 at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm near Midway, Ky.
Frank Stronach of Adena Springs and Eugene and Laura Melnyk were the big winners during the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's national awards dinner Friday night at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington.
Adena Springs and the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada have entered into discussions to build an equine veterinary clinic at Adena Springs North near Aurora. The clinic will be designed to provide equine healthcare and advanced diagnostic performance services to Canada's equine industry.
Frank Stronach's Adena Springs has bought a majority interest in the breeding rights of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Giacomo from the colt's owners, Jerome and Ann Moss.
Jess Jackson, who, along with his family, founded the famous Kendall-Jackson winery, said shortly after the May 30 Metropolitan Handicap that he has purchased one-third interest in 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, who romped by 6 1/4 lengths in the Met Mile in his 2005 debut.
Reigning Horse of the Year Ghostzapper made a triumphant return to the races Monday, cruising to the lead entering the turn and easily winning the $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick - Conglomerate ownership was designed to bring economies of scale to the racetrack segment of the industry. Statistical evidence, along with unconfirmed reports that Hollywood Park may be sold to developers, suggests it hasn't worked very well in Southern California.
Primarily, the 2000 Canadian Broodmare of the Year, died March 30 in a field from injuries sustained in a fall at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs near Versailles, Ky.
A top official at Magna Entertainment Corp. acknowledged the racetrack company's substantial debt but said he sees signs of a turnaround, perhaps sometime in 2006.
Based on the recommendations of a special committee of independent directors, the board of Magna Developments has come out against proposals from Greenlight Capital Inc.
A 1999 "forbearance agreement" that prevents Magna International from investing in operations such as Magna Entertainment Corp. won't be renewed next year, Magna chairman Frank Stronach told the Toronto Globe and Mail newspaper.
A son of Golden Missile established a new record price for the Adena Springs 2-year-olds in training sale when bloodstock agent Mike Ryan went to $500,000 to purchase the colt during the March 21 auction.
Paul Cellucci, who formerly served as governor of Massachusetts and United States ambassador to Canada, is the new executive vice president of corporate development for Magna Entertainment Corp. beginning May 1.
Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, owned by Stronach Stables and conditioned by Bobby Frankel, worked five furlongs handily in 1:01.80 at Palm Meadows Wednesday.
Frank Stronach could not have asked for anything more Oct. 30. The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships was being held at Lone Star Park, owned by Stronach's Magna Entertainment Corp.
The first reported foals by grade I winners Milwaukee Brew and Sligo Bay arrived the first part of January.
The Sunshine Millions, matching California-breds against Florida-breds, will be renewed Saturday, Jan. 29 with eight races worth a combined $3.6 million.
The first reported foal sired by champion Macho Uno is a filly born Jan. 11 at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs South near Ocala, Fla.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick - The execution of Magna's vision has been difficult given its isolationist philosophy.
Magna Entertainment Corp. chief executive officer Jim McAlpine Nov. 3 acknowledged the company's substantial third-quarter loss and said it would re-examine its strategy and direction moving forward.
The Aurora, Ontario-based Magna Entertainment Corp., one of North America's leading owners of major horseracing tracks, announced Tuesday that its third quarter losses reached $50.3 million.
When you're hot, you're hot, and Frank Stronach knows that as well as anyone. Two days after his stallion Awesome Again was represented by two Breeders' Cup winners, Stronach announced that Awesome Again's fee was raised to $125,000.
Magna Entertainment Corp. announced on Wednesday that Ron Charles, former chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners of California, has been selected to assume the executive directorship of MEC California effective Nov. 1.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- This is supposed to be the time of year when the racing world starts talking Saratoga and Del Mar, and the search begins for the hot 2-year-olds who look like they could be Triple Crown prospects 10 months from now.
Magna Entertainment Corp.'s HorseRacing TV will now be carried on DISH network, beginning July 15. HRTV features television coverage of 13 racetracks owned, operated or managed by MEC.
Janice and Robert McNair of Stonerside Stable will stand their multiple grade I winner Congaree in 2005 at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs near Midway, Ky.
Millionaire Running Stag and Irish group winner Bernstein were represented by their first winners June 5
By Ray Paulick -- Somewhere at the Aurora, Canada, corporate headquarters where Frank Stronach sits atop his Magna International and Magna Entertainment Corp. empire, there is a warehouse filled with architectural drawings and miniature models for changes to the racetracks Magna now owns.
A California developer revealed plans Thursday to build residential and retail centers at Magna Entertainment Corp.'s two California tracks, Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields.
MI Developments Inc., majority owner of Magna Entertainment Corp., reported a net income of $17.52 million on revenues of $324.93 million for the first three months of 2004.
Magna Entertainment Corp. chairman Frank Stronach told shareholders Tuesday he expects the company to reach consistent profitability within one to three years through continued development of the company's racetracks and new self-service betting machines he believes will become more popular than slot machines.
Magna Entertainment Corp., which owns Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, is considering seeking approval for a plan that would let handicappers bet on live racing from around the country using machines that have a lot of the appeal of slot machines.
Magna Entertainment Corp. and real-estate company Forest City Enterprises, Inc. will partner on a planned 80-acre development at Gulfstream Park that will include retail and entertainment facilities and a residential village that overlooks the track.
Magna Racino, a $91-million racetrack and entertainment facility in Ebreichsdorp, Austria, opened for business Sunday with a live harness racing program.
Frank Stronach, chairman of auto-parts company Magna International and Magna Entertainment Corp., was compensated $36.2 million by Magna International in 2003.
The board of directors of Magna Entertainment Corp. announced Wednesday that it has elected Brian Tobin as a director and vice-chairman of the MEC Board. Tobin is the chief executive officer and a director of MI Developments Inc., which is the majority shareholder of MEC.
Following the record-setting trend of this year's juvenile market, the Adena Springs auction generated its highest ever figures for gross revenue, average price, and median price Thursday during its third edition.
Magna Entertainment Corp. chairman Frank Stronach wants to get things moving with his company's proposed racetrack in Romulus, Mich., but state racing commissioner Robert Geake reiterated Thursday that much remains to be accomplished before any action can be taken.
The New York Racing Association board of trustees has rejected a bid by Magna Entertainment Corp. to become financial partners, NYRA chairman Barry Schwartz said.
Belinda Stronach, daughter of Magna International owner Frank Stronach, won the Conservative Party nomination in Canada March 9 over Lois Brown, a long-time Canadian Alliance worker.
Former Canadian cabinet minister and provincial premier Brian Tobin has been appointed chief executive officer of MI Developments Inc., a real estate spin-off of Magna International that holds a controlling interest in Magna Entertainment Corp.
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.
There is plenty of sunshine in the final tally from last weekend's Sunshine Millions according to a press release issued by Magna Entertainment Corp. MEC reports the second running of the Sunshine Millions eclipsed last year's successes, both on track and in the home.
Sunshine Millions on-track attendance Saturday showed a combined 22% increase over the inaugural 2003 running of the series at Gulfstream and Santa Anita parks.
The electricity that once rippled throughout Gulfstream Park each winter has moved north to Palm Meadows training center in Boynton Beach, where many of the country's top 3-year-olds prepare in style for their arduous journey to Churchill Downs.
The 4-year-old filly, Pesci, is looking to upstage her Academy Award winning owner and namesake, Joe Pesci, when she goes to the post against older fillies and mares in the Jan. 24 Sunshine Milions Ocala Breeders' Sales Distaff at Gulfstream Park.
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