Magna Entertainment Corp. Announces Sale of Great Lakes Downs



    AURORA, ON, July 16 /CNW/ - Magna Entertainment Corp. ("MEC" or the
"Company") (NASDAQ:   MECA; TSX: MEC.A) today announced that it has completed
the sale of Great Lakes Downs to The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians for
$5.0 million cash less customary closing adjustments. Great Lakes Downs,
situated on approximately 85 acres in Muskegon, Michigan, was a racetrack
which MEC had previously closed in November 2007. The net sale proceeds of
approximately $4.5 million have been used to partially repay the Company's
bridge loan with a subsidiary of MI Developments Inc., MEC's controlling
shareholder.
    MEC, North America's largest owner and operator of horse racetracks,
based on revenue, 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(R), a 24-hour horse racing television
network, and TrackNet Media Group LLC, a content management company formed for
distribution of the full breadth of MEC's horse racing content.

    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 partial repayment of the bridge loan facility and other matters that are
not historical facts.
    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 our control, that could
cause actual events or results to differ materially from such forward-looking
statements. Important 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; our
ability to obtain or maintain government and other regulatory approvals
necessary or desirable to proceed with proposed real estate developments;
increased regulation affecting certain of our non-racetrack operations, such
as broadcasting ventures; 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 we will be able to successfully implement our debt
elimination plan and comply with the terms of and/or obtain waivers or other
concessions from our lenders and refinance or repay on maturity our existing
financing arrangements (including our senior secured revolving credit facility
with a Canadian chartered bank and our bridge loan facility), and there will
not be any material adverse changes in: general economic conditions; the
popularity of horse racing and other gaming activities; weather and other
environmental conditions at our facilities; 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 and
Chief Financial Officer, Magna Entertainment Corp., 337 Magna Drive, Aurora,
ON, L4G 7K1, Tel: (905) 726-7493

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