Ken Dunn

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Dunn Leaves Gulfstream Post; to be Advisor

Former Calder president had been hired last November for six months.

MI Developments on May 27 told employees of Gulfstream Park that effective May 28 Ken Dunn will no longer be president and general manager of the Hallandale Beach, Fla., track.

A Gulfstream official told The Blood-Horse that Dunn will serve as an advisor to Dennis Mills, CEO of MID, particularly on issues related to Gulfstream.

Steve Calabro, Gulfstream’s vice president of gaming operations, will assume additional duties until MID names a new permanent president/CEO, the official said.

Dunn was appointed Gulfstream president/general manager last Nov. 1. He succeeded Bill Murphy, who had held the posts since 2007. Dunn had been president and general manager of Calder Race Course in Miami Gardens, Fla., from 1990 until 2008.

Magna Entertainment, then Gulfstream’s parent, hired Dunn on a six-month contract that ended on April 30.

On April 26, U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del., approved Magna’s Chapter 11 reorganization. Gulfstream is among properties whose ownership was transferred to MID, the controlling shareholder of Magna. MID and Magna are based in Aurora, Ont, with Frank Stronach chairman of both companies.