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MID Pays First Half Dues to NTRA

MI Developments, among the largest dues-paying members of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, committed to the organization for the first half of 2010 and will discuss its future involvement.

Longer Meets, Help for Owners Suggested

Longer Meets, Help for Owners Suggested

A desire for longer meets at racetracks is among the prominent themes derived from comments submitted to MI Developments vice president Dennis Mills as part of a contest at his RacingFuture.com website.

Oak Tree to Remain at Santa Anita in 2010

Oak Tree to Remain at Santa Anita in 2010

The Oak Tree Racing Association will be allowed to use Santa Anita Park for its autumn racing meeting after Frank Stronach relented at the conclusion of a long California Horse Racing Board meeting June 22 at Hollywood Park.

NTRA: 'Punching Bag' or Valued Resource?

NTRA: 'Punching Bag' or Valued Resource?

As the National Thoroughbred Racing Association prepares for its June 3 board of directors meeting in New York amid a changing landscape, the organization's biggest challenge could very well be industry perception.

Auction of Santa Anita, Lone Star Withdrawn

Auction of Santa Anita, Lone Star Withdrawn

An auction scheduled Sept. 8 on properties owned by bankrupt Magna Entertainment Corp. will not go forward after the company withdrew Santa Anita Park, Lone Star Park, and other assets from the bidding in court documents filed in U.S. bankruptcy court.

MEC Parent Asks to Sell Remington for $80M

MEC Parent Asks to Sell Remington for $80M

MI Developments, parent company of Magna Entertainment Corp., said Aug. 12 debtors filed a motion seeking court approval to sell MEC-owned Remington Park Racing & Casino in Oklahoma to a third party for $80.25 million pending "higher and better offers."

Stronach Critical of Certain MID Investors

Magna Entertainment Corp. chairman Frank Stronach criticized certain hedge-fund investors for putting "unwarranted" pressure on the bankrupt racetrack company's parent entity, suggesting May 8 that those antagonists could start their own company if they didn't like what they saw.

Bid for MEC Properties Dropped by Parent

Bid for MEC Properties Dropped by Parent

MI Developments said April 20 it has agreed with MEC to terminate its "stalking horse" bid of $195 million to purchase various assets, including racetracks. MEC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in early April, at which time MID announced it would buy some of its assets.

Minor Details Bid for Most MEC Assets

Minor Details Bid for Most MEC Assets

Technology entrepreneur Halsey Minor said on April 3 that he has submitted a bid to Magna Entertainment Corp. under which he would buy substantially all of that bankrupt company's assets except Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

MEC OK'd for Additional Interim Funding

Magna Entertainment Corp. received an additional $2.5 million in interim financing to continue its operations through the initial stages of its bankruptcy reorganization April 3 after apparent agreements were reached with some of its objecting creditors

Banks Object to MEC Auction Process

Three banks holding liens on racetracks such as Pimlico Race Course, Santa Anita Park, and Golden Gate Fields have filed objections over Magna Entertainment Corp.'s proposed bidding process to sell those racetracks and certain other assets.

MEC 2008 Loss Highest in Company History

One day after reporting Magna Entertainment Corp. would not release an annual report due to its ongoing bankruptcy proceedings, controlling shareholder MI Developments released data showing MEC posted its highest-ever annual loss in its brief history, though it's not exactly clear what the final tally is.

'Critical' MEC Financing OK'd by Judge

A judge signed an interim order March 13 allowing Magna Entertainment Corp. to borrow $13.4 million to continue its operations during the early stages of the company's bankruptcy reorganization, though final approval for the lending facility won't be authorized until an April 3 hearing.

MID May Dispose of MEC Tracks by 2011

MID May Dispose of MEC Tracks by 2011

The parent company of Magna Entertainment Corp. disclosed March 10 it does not intend to keep on a long-term basis the racing assets upon which it is bidding in MEC's Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, including its "immediate" intention of redeveloping Golden Gate Fields into a commercial property if the bid is successful.

Magna Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Magna Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Magna Entertainment Corp. announced March 5 it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and also unveiled a plan to sell many of its assets, including Gulfstream Park in Florida, Golden Gate Fields in California, and Lone Star Park in Texas.

MID Shareholder: Foreclose on MEC Loans

MID Shareholder: Foreclose on MEC Loans

A prominent shareholder is asking MI Developments to foreclose on loans it has with its subsidiary Magna Entertainment Corp., if and when those credit agreements go into default, in hopes of recouping some of its investment in potential bankruptcy reorganization.

MEC Reorganization Plan Scrapped

MEC Reorganization Plan Scrapped

Magna Entertainment Corp. said Feb. 18 it might not be able to meet pressing financial obligations unless alternative measures are found, a revelation disclosed following the sudden halt of a controversial reorganization proposal for the company and its controlling shareholder, MI Developments.

Greenlight Rips MEC Reorganization Plan

Greenlight Rips MEC Reorganization Plan

A longtime adversarial shareholder in MI Developments has blasted the latest reorganization proposal to spin-off subsidiary Magna Entertainment Corp., a plan which includes $75 million in funding for a potential slots parlor at Laurel Park in Maryland.

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."

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.

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