Keyword: Magna Entertainment Corp.

  • Magna Entertainment and the Maryland horsemen both are in favor of slot machine legislation being passed in the state.

    MEC, Horsemen Support Pro-Slots Campaign

    The Maryland racing industry is throwing its support behind a campaign for slot machines, but it remains to be seen whether any racetracks would get the gambling devices should the public approve a statewide ballot measure in November.

  • Nothing Definitive Yet on Change at MJC

    Change may be in the wind yet again regarding upper-level Maryland Jockey Club management, but as of May 15, officials with MJC owner Magna Entertainment Corp. said there's nothing to announce.

  • 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.

  • MEC Eyes Options After Oregon Rejection

    Magna Entertainment Corp. said it is "considering all of its legal options" after the Oregon Racing Commission rejected its request to allow installation of Instant Racing gaming terminals at Portland Meadows April 25.

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    Thistledown, Horsemen Have Dates Deal

    The Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and Thistledown have an agreement in principle for 122 days of live racing at the Cleveland-area track this year.

  • Gulfstream Reports Declines in Handle

    Gulfstream Park reported its all-sources pari-mutuel handle is down about 5% and on-track handle off 30% year-to-date through early March.

  • Conflict Threatens 2008 Thistledown Meet

    The clock is ticking on negotiations between the Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and Thistledown, the Cleveland-area racetrack whose 2008 Thoroughbred meet is in jeopardy because of a conflict over racing dates.

  • 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."

  • Chris Dragone

    Raffetto Out, Dragone in at MJC

    The Maryland Jockey Club announced Nov. 28 that president and chief operating officer Lou Raffetto Jr. will be leaving effective immediately to pursue other opportunities, and that Chris Dragone, a former senior vice president and general manager at the MJC, will take over his duties.

  • Laurel Park could be home to some 4,000 slot machines if legislation is approved by the voters.

    Optimism But Concern in Maryland

    Maryland racing interests are optimistic over passage of legislation to authorize a statewide referendum on slot machines in November 2008, but they indicated there remains a need for financial relief before the slots measure even comes up for a vote.

  • Thistledown is at the center of the 2008 racing dates controversy in Ohio.

    More Dates Sought for Thistledown

    A controversial plan to shave live racing dates at Thistledown in 2008 could result in the halt of full-card simulcasts at the Cleveland-area racetrack in 2009.

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    Gulfstream Park Opens Stable Area

    Gulfstream Park and the affiliated Palm Meadows Training Center have received about 3,600 stall applications for 2,452 stalls, officials at the South Florida racetrack said.

  • 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

    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.

  • Amid Uncertainty, CHRB Begins 3-Year Date Plan

    Trying to cure a scheduling headache, the California Horse Racing Board has started planning for the future -- with or without Bay Meadows and Hollywood Park. At an Aug. 10 meeting at Del Mar, the CHRB's dates committee took the first step in piecing together a cohesive three-year calendar.

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    Magna Unwilling to Fund Santa Anita Barn Project

    Magna Entertainment Corp. is willing to spend tens of millions for its upscale commercial development, The Shops at Santa Anita, in the track parking lot, but nothing to fix up the dilapidated barn area, the California Horse Racing Board learned during its meeting in Sacramento May 22.

  • Gulfstream Plans to Host Major South American Stakes

    The group I Gran Premio Latino Americano, one of South America's most prestigious stakes, will be run at Gulfstream Park in 2008 pending regulatory approval, Magna Entertainment Corp. announced May 19.

  • 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.

  • Horsemen: Don't Hold Triple Crown Races 'Hostage'

    Major horsemen's groups have banded together to ask racetracks and account wagering providers to make the Triple Crown races available to all wagering services in light of a conflict that is spreading ill will as horse racing's most prominent and lucrative day approaches.

  • AmericaTAB Gives Up Content to Target Exclusivity

    A decision by the AmericaTAB account wagering consortium to join TrackNet Media Group is a sign of support for efforts by Churchill Downs Inc. and Magna Entertainment Corp. to end exclusive contracts, an official said.

  • THA: TrackNet Plans to Have Horsemen at Table

    Though questions persist about TrackNet Media Group, the entity formed by Churchill Downs Inc. and Magna Entertainment Corp. to buy and sell simulcast signals, it has generated an initial positive response from one of the country's major horsemen's groups.

  • Youbet.com Says CDI-MEC Partnership a Positive

    Account wagering provider Youbet.com said it applauds the partnership between Churchill Downs Inc. and Magna Entertainment Corp. because it should assist in wagering growth.

  • Corey Johnsen, has resigned his position with Magna Entertainment.

    Johnsen Resigns Magna Post; Joins Investors Acquiring Track

    Corey Johnsen has resigned as president of Magna Entertainment Corp. southern operations to join a group of private investors that is in the process of acquiring controlling interest of another North American racetrack.

  • No Gulfstream Signal for New York OTB Parlors

    With the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association seeking a higher rate for the Gulfstream Park signal, and the existing rate governed by a contract with the racetrack, the six off-track betting corporations in New York didn't carry the Jan. 3 opening-day program from the South Florida racetrack.