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MEC Properties Listed for Sale

MEC Properties Listed for Sale

Magna Entertainment's debt-reduction sale of what it deems excess assets is under way with at least four properties already listed with real estate agents.

OBS Unveils Synthetic Surface

OBS Unveils Synthetic Surface

Ocala Breeders' Sale Co., which recently completed the conversion of its one-mile dirt racetrack to an all-weather SAFETRACK surface, had its first horses work over the new track Nov. 16.

MEC Officials Promise to Keep Chipping Away at Debt

MEC Officials Promise to Keep Chipping Away at Debt

Magna Entertainment blamed the weak performance of its slots operation at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino as a key to another in a series of poor financial quarters, as the company announced a $49.8 million net loss ending Sept. 30.

Magna Entertainment Ready to Take 'Drastic Action'

Magna Entertainment Co. announced "disappointing" second-quarter earnings Aug. 9 that included a $23.4-million loss during the period, and outlined new initiatives to help reduce mounting debt that has haunted the racetrack operator.

OBS, Jai Alai Group Have Out-of-Court Settlement

The principals on both sides of a civil lawsuit involving Ocala Breeders' Sale Co. have agreed to settle the dispute out of court, just days before the four-year-old case was set to go to trial.

Fog's Breeder Not Lost in the Shuffle

Friday morning as Lost in the Fog galloped around the Belmont Park track, owner Harry Aleo and Susan Seper, the breeder of the undefeated 3-year-old colt and most exciting prospect in this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, were taking it all in.

OBSC Fall Sale Ends With Mixed Results

A sale-topping price of $72,000 for the Kayrawan-sired broodmare prospect River Thames was the highlight of the closing session of Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. Fall Mixed Sale, an auction that yielded up and down sales totals.

Kentucky, Florida Farmland Remains Hot Commodity

Real estate investors continue to go after farms in Central Kentucky and Ocala, Fla. Many of the properties are remaining agricultural in nature, according to real estate agents.

Marablue Farm in Florida Sold

Eddie Martin Jr., principal owner of Martin Stables South, has reached an agreement to purchase 180-acre Marablue Farm near Reddick, Fla., from A. Douglas Henderson.

Tornado Causes Wide-Spread Damage in Ocala

Tornado Causes Wide-Spread Damage in Ocala

A suspected tornado that tore a path through Ocala, Fla. Thursday afternoon caused wide-spread damage to area horse farms, but early reports indicate no equine deaths or significant injuries were incurred.

FTBOA Hosts Round Table on Strangles

Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association officials said they are satisfied the strangles situation is being properly handled in Florida.

FTBOA Announces 2004 Champions

The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association has announced the eight divisional Florida-bred champions for 2004. The award winners will be honored at the 45th Annual FTBOA awards dinner March 20, at Hilton Ocala in Ocala, Fla. The Florida breeder, horse, stallion and broodmare of the year award recipients will be announced March 20.

Prominent Florida Farms Change Hands

Two farm properties with historical significance to the Thoroughbred industry near Ocala, Fla., were involved in recent sale transactions.

FTC charity auctions raise more than $320,000

The proceeds from the Florida Thoroughbred Charities' "Bright Futures" auction reached an all-time high, raising over $60,000 from its live and silent auctions and over $260,000 from its stallion seasons auction. The live and silent auctions/cocktail party was held at Steinbrenner's Yankee Ramada Inn Jan. 16.

FTBOA Wants Racetrack in Ocala, VLTs

The board of directors for the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association has formulated an ambitious legislative agenda that would bring live racing to Ocala and get video lottery terminals installed at the state's racetracks.

OBS Sale Ends With Record Gross and Average

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. continued the upswing in juvenile sales seen so far this year, its April auction showing huge gains in gross and average. Also, the number of horses bought back by their consignors dropped markedly, and a record price for the sale was established.

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