Magna Entertainment Corp. announces appointment of Chief Operating Officer

    AURORA, ON, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - Magna Entertainment Corp. ("MEC")
(NASDAQ:   MECA; TSX: MEC.A) announced today that it has appointed Ron Charles
to the position of Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation. Reporting
directly to Frank Stronach, MEC's Chairman and Interim Chief Executive
Officer, Mr. Charles will be responsible for all operational aspects of MEC's
business units, including horseracing, gaming,, AmTote
International and MEC's investments in TrackNet Media and HRTV.
    Mr. Charles joined MEC in 2004 as Executive Director of MEC California.
Mr. Charles is a long-time owner and breeder of thoroughbred race horses and
is the past Chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners of California.
    Mr. Stronach stated: "I am very pleased that Ron has accepted the Chief
Operating Officer position and taken on the added responsibilities that go
along with it. In addition to his new corporate responsibilities, Ron will
continue to play a vital role as Executive Director of MEC California. I have
had a chance to work with Ron for a number of years now and he has my complete
confidence." Mr. Stronach also noted that "we remain focused on working to
improve MEC's operating results while executing our debt elimination plan."
    "I look forward to taking on this new position," Mr. Charles said. "The
next year or so will be crucial in the development of MEC, and I am confident
that I can play an important role in its future success. Frank Stronach has
put together an excellent management team and I look forward to working with
them and other industry stakeholders to address our current challenges and
those that lie ahead."

    About MEC
    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 content management company
formed for distribution of the full breadth of MEC's horse racing content.

    Forward-Looking Statements
    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:
expectations as to our ability to improve operating results; expectations as
to our debt elimination efforts, which there can be no assurance of success,
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 the Company's control,
that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from our
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 and
Chief Financial Officer, Magna Entertainment Corp., 337 Magna Drive, Aurora,
ON, L4G 7K1, Tel: (905) 726-7493

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