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National HBPA, Stronach Work on Charter

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National HBPA, Stronach Work on Charter

Magna Entertainment Corp. chairman Frank Stronach is advocating a charter for "horsemen's rights" and said his company, the largest in North America in terms of racetrack holdings, would work with horsemen to accomplish it.

Laurel Slots Bid Called Into Question

In a jaw-dropping revision, Maryland received requests for far fewer slot machines in five license proposals than previously thought, and two of the six bidders -- including Laurel Park owner Magna Entertainment Corp. -- failed to pay $22.5 million in required up-front fees, a state official said Feb. 3.

MEC Has Deal to Break From Shareholder

Magna Entertainment Corp. announced Nov. 26 an agreement with MI Developments, the company's controlling shareholder, which will allow it to "recapitalize and reposition MEC to enable it to pursue its strategy of horse racing, gaming, and entertainment on a standalone basis."

MID's CEO Still Supports Magna

Despite the earlier announcement that Magna Entertainment Corp. had a quarterly loss of $48.4 million and is seeking to sell core assets, including one or more of its top racetracks, management of the company that holds 60% equity interest in MEC continues to be optimistic of a turnaround.

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.

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.

Magna Official Says He Will Step Down

Following a transition period, MI Developments chief executive officer and board member John Simonetti said he will leave his post, but he offered no timeline Aug. 8 during a conference call on the company's second-quarter earnings.

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, THG Talking But No Deal in Sight

MEC, THG Talking But No Deal in Sight

Officials with Magna Entertainment Corp. and the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Group have met twice recently to discuss the ongoing conflict over revenue splits for advance deposit wagering, though the sides aren't close to striking a deal.

NASDAQ: MEC Not in Compliance

NASDAQ: MEC Not in Compliance

Share of Magna Entertainment Corp. have traded under $1 for more than 30 straight days, prompting NASDAQ to notify the racing and gaming company it was out of compliance with marketplace rules and faces delisting.

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.

Another New Look for Gulfstream

Another New Look for Gulfstream

Gulfstream Park will have still another new look when it opens its season Jan. 3, 2008, and track president and general manager Bill Murphy says the latest changes come "from listening to what people wanted."

Magna, Churchill Withdraw From Empire Racing

A consortium of major horse industry companies vying for the Thoroughbred franchise in New York began falling apart Oct. 10, as Magna Entertainment Corp., Churchill Downs Inc., and Delaware North announced their withdrawal from Empire Racing Associates.

MEC Acquires Remainder of Maryland Jockey Club

MEC Acquires Remainder of Maryland Jockey Club

Magna Entertainment Corp. has exercised its option, pursuant to an agreement with certain companies controlled by Joe De Francis and his sister, Karin De Francis, to acquire the remaining interest in the Maryland Jockey Club, which operates Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course.

Stronach Tells CHRB He'll Use $24M on Upgrades

Trying to undo the negative fallout over comments by his company's new CEO, Magna Entertainment founder Frank Stronach pledged $24 million for installation of synthetic racing surfaces at Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields as well as much needed refurbishing of the Santa Anita barn area.

Empire Racing Names Members of 'Transition Team'

Empire Racing Associates has released the names of a team of racing-operations professionals, many from Churchill Downs Inc. and Magna Entertainment Corp., that will lead its racing transition team should Empire Racing be awarded the New York Thoroughbred racing franchise.

'Shops at Santa Anita' OK'd by Arcadia Council

An upscale mall to be constructed in Santa Anita's main parking lot took a step forward April 17 when the Arcadia City Council unanimously approved the project. The meeting lasted six hours before the council adjourned and then returned for another hour later in the day.

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