Magna Entertainment Corp. announces extension to senior secured credit facility



    AURORA, ON, March 29 /CNW/ - Magna Entertainment Corp. ("MEC") (NASDAQ:  
MECA; TSX: MEC.A) today announced that it has amended its $40 million senior
secured credit facility to extend the maturity date to June 29, 2007, and to
revise a financial performance covenant provided for in that facility.
    MEC, North America's largest owner and operator of horse racetracks,
based on revenue, acquires, develops, owns and operates horse racetracks and
related pari-mutuel wagering operations, including off-track betting
facilities. MEC also develops, owns and operates casinos in conjunction with
its racetracks where permitted by law. MEC owns and operates AmTote
International, Inc., a provider of totalisator services to the pari-mutuel
industry, XpressBet(R), a national Internet and telephone account wagering
system, as well as MagnaBet(TM) internationally. Pursuant to joint ventures,
MEC has a fifty percent interest in HorseRacing TV, a 24-hour horse racing
television network, and TrackNet Media Group LLC, a racing content management
and distribution company.

    This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the
meaning of applicable securities legislation, including Section 27A of the
United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and
Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended
(the "Exchange Act") and forward-looking information as defined in the
Securities Act (Ontario) (collectively referred to as forward-looking
statements). These forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe
harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and
the Securities Act (Ontario) and include, among others, statements regarding
the expected maturity of the senior secured credit facility.
    Forward-looking statements should not be read as guarantees of future
performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of
whether or the times at or by which such performance or results will be
achieved. Undue reliance should not be placed on such statements.
Forward-looking statements are based on information available at the time
and/or management's good faith assumptions and analyses made in light of our
perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future
developments, as well as other factors we believe are appropriate in the
circumstances and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and
other unpredictable factors, many of which are beyond the Company's control,
that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from such
forward-looking statements.
    Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our
forward-looking statements include, but may not be limited to, material
adverse changes: in general economic conditions, the popularity of racing and
other gaming activities as recreational activities, the regulatory environment
affecting the horse racing and gaming industries, and our ability to develop,
execute or finance our strategies and plans within expected timelines or
budgets. In drawing conclusions set out in our forward-looking statements
above, we have assumed, among other things, that there will not be any
material adverse changes: in general economic conditions, the popularity of
horse racing and other gaming activities, the regulatory environment, and our
ability to develop, execute or finance our strategies and plans as
anticipated.
    Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date the statements were
made. We assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect
actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting
forward-looking statements. If we update one or more forward-looking
statements, no inference should be drawn that we will make additional updates
with respect thereto or with respect to other forward-looking statements.





For further information:

For further information: Blake Tohana, Executive Vice President & Chief
Financial Officer, Magna Entertainment Corp., 337 Magna Drive, Aurora, ON, L4G
7K1, Tel: (905) 726-7493

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