Magna Entertainment Corp. going concern qualification

    AURORA, ON, March 20 /CNW/ - Magna Entertainment Corp. ("MEC") (NASDAQ:  
MECA; TSX: MEC.A) announced today that its recently filed financial statements
for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007 contained a going concern
qualification received from its independent auditors, Ernst & Young LLP. This
announcement is being made to comply with Nasdaq Marketplace Rule
4350(b)(1)(B), which requires separate disclosure of receipt of an audit
opinion that contains a going concern qualification. This announcement does
not represent any change or amendment to the Company's 2007 financial
statements or to its Annual Report on Form 10-K. MEC has disclosed the going
concern issue in its financial statements since March 31, 2006 and associated
earnings releases and Form 10-Q and 10-K filings, including MEC's Annual
Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007.

    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(TM), 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 Report 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 status of the
going concern qualification 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 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 Bridge Loan and our senior secured revolving
credit facility with a Canadian financial institution), 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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