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Dates Approved for New Detroit Racetrack

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Dates Approved for New Detroit Racetrack

Michigan's racing commissioner approved on Oct. 31 the 2008 dates for a new racetrack to be built near Detroit. The track, named Pinnacle Race Course, was granted 63 days of live racing beginning July 18. The 10,000-seat racetrack project, near the Detroit Metro Airport, includes 200,000 square feet of retail developement.

Betting Group Launches Protest Actions

A group of bettors angered at the divisive state of advance deposit wagering has taken action by staging what it termed a "buycott" at a New Mexico racetrack, and also launched a protest Web site against a content provider.

TrackNet to Offer Claiming Crown to Rivals

Saying it was responding to the pleas of horsemen, TrackNet Media Group will offer Aug. 4 Claiming Crown racing at Ellis Park to arch-rivals TVG and Youbet.com, though a company executive said the move doesn't indicate a softening of the hard lines drawn by the parties.

Magna Packaging Properties to Drive Down Debt

Officials with Magna Entertainment spent a good deal of time May 9 highlighting the company's continued attack on staggering debt, and how it will correct an admittedly disappointing start for the slots operations at Gulfstream Park.

TrackNet Takes Another Shot from Youbet

Youbet.com directed more criticism at the controversial content alliance of Churchill Downs and Magna Entertainment May 8, with one executive telling analysts during an earnings conference that the partners in TrackNet Media Group "ended up shooting not only themselves, but an entire industry."

TrackNet Media CEO Comments on Impasse With Youbet.com

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In response to a release and teleconference by Youbet.com Monday concerning an impasse in its negotiations with TrackNet Media Group over account deposit wagering, Scott Daruty, chief executive officer of TrackNet Media Group, released a statement outlining his company's position.

MI Developments Announces Acquisition of Florida Property

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MI Developments announced March 28 that it has purchased from subsidiaries of Magna Entertainment a 157-acre development property in Palm Beach County, Fla., adjacent to MEC's Palm Meadows Training Center, for cash consideration of $35 million.

Youbet Reports 62% Handle Growth in 2006

Youbet reiterated its desire to work with the new TrackNet Media team of Churchill Downs and Magna Entertainment, hoping to build off a fifth-straight year the wagering company reported double-digit handle growth.

Magna Would Consider Selling Training Centers

Amid news of improvement on operating losses and increased revenues, officials with Magna Entertainment also said during an earnings conference call March 5 that selling off prominent training centers in both California and Florida was within the realm of possibility.

Magna Entertainment Names CEO, Director

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Michael Neuman was named Magna Entertainment's new chief executive officer and Charlie J. Williams was appointed to the company's board of directors, it was announced Feb. 27.

No Santa Anita Clause for TVG

TVG viewers won't be getting what they wanted most for Christmas -- to watch and wager on races from Santa Anita Park starting with the new season on Dec. 26.

FHBPA Pledges $1M to Gulfstream Development

Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino is moving forward with a plan for a second-phase of 700 slot machines, and has also secured a commitment of $1 million in partnered investment help from the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association, it was announced Dec. 22.

Magna Announces South American Simulcast Deal

Patrons of Maryland Jockey Club simulcast signals will have a full-time opportunity to bet on races from South America starting Dec. 29, by virtue of an agreement announced Dec. 6 at the 33rd Racing & Gaming Symposium in Tucson, Ariz.

More Hurdles Facing Dixon Downs Plan

It didn't take long for foes of the Dixon Downs racetrack in Northern California to attack plans for the $250 million Magna Entertainment project approved by the Dixon City Council on Oct. 23. Already, a citizen group has turned in petitions seeking a referendum to overturn the action, and on Nov. 21, the nearby city of Davis filed a lawsuit aimed at mitigating the development's impact on the region.

Magna Must Find New Director to be in Compliance

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As a result of Gino Roncelli's departure from its board of directors on Aug. 22, Magna Entertainment Corp. is no longer in compliance with Nasdaq's audit committee requirements and must find a new director to return to good standing, it was announced Tuesday.

Churchill Downs, Magna Join Forces With Empire Racing

The continuing consolidation of racing interests seeking the franchise currently held by the New York Racing Association took a quantum leap Wednesday when it was announced that Churchill Downs Inc. and Magna Entertainment were joining the Empire Racing team.

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