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June 30, 2011

June 30, 2011 – Aurora, ON: The Stronach Group today announced that it has acquired the racing and gaming assets formerly held by MI Developments Inc. (MID) (NYSE: MIM) as part of a previously announced reorganization proposal approved by MID shareholders on March 29, 2011.

The racing and gaming assets acquired by The Stronach Group include: Santa Anita Park; Golden Gate Fields; Portland Meadows; MID’s joint venture interests in Maryland Jockey Club’s real estate and racing assets (Pimlico Race Course, Laurel Park and the Bowie Training Center); Gulfstream Park and MID’s joint venture interest in an associated retail development; horseracing technology assets, including Xpressbet®, AmTote and MID’s joint venture interest in HRTV, a cable and satellite television network dedicated to the sport of horse racing; as well as various development properties previously owned by MID.

Belinda Stronach, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Stronach Group, said: “The acquisition of MID’s racing and gaming assets positions The Stronach Group at the forefront of the Thoroughbred horseracing industry. We are fully committed to ensuring the success and profitability of our strong portfolio of racing and gaming operations. We also look forward to working with the horseracing industry and all of its stakeholders to ensure the long-term success and viability of the industry.”

June 26, 2011

June 26, 2011 , Arcadia – And the winner is...Cal Phil, Santa Anita Park and all of their loyal fans!

Santa Anita Park officials confirmed Saturday evening that it will serve as the new home for the acclaimed California Philharmonic and its highly-successful Festival on the Green summer concert series beginning next year. All parties involved are working out the details which will be announced by the second concert of this season.

June 24, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (June 24, 2011)—Santa Anita Park, in conjunction with the California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT), announced today that it will close its main track for training on July 11, as it remediates the surface with natural sand. It is anticipated the project will take approximately 10 days to complete and will be available for training throughout the upcoming Del Mar race meeting and well in advance of Santa Anita’s 2011Autumn Meeting, which will open in late September.

During the course of the project, the inner training track will be available to horsemen from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., seven days a week.

June 9, 2011

Arcadia, CA, June 9 -- HRTV (R) has received twelve 2011 Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Award nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences of the Ohio Valley.

The 47th Annual Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards encompass Kentucky, and the Awards ceremony is slated for Saturday, July 30 at the Seelbach Hilton in Louisville, KY.

HRTV's award-winning monthly documentary show, "Inside Information," received 10 nominations in six different categories, including the only three nominations in the "Sports - One-Time Special" designation.

May 13, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 13, 2011)—Santa Anita officials announced today that live racing will return to The Great Race Place in late September with the inaugural Santa Anita Autumn Meet. Pending California Horse Racing Board approval, the meet will run over a six-week period and conclude on Nov. 6.

“We’re very excited to be able to let our fans, employees and horsemen know that live Thoroughbred racing will return to Santa Anita this autumn,” said George Haines, Santa Anita President. Our inaugural Autumn Meet will provide the kind of world class racing and economic opportunity that our sport and community have come to expect at Santa Anita.”

April 17, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 17, 2011) – Juniper Pass, finishing strongest of all on the extreme outside, bested Imponente Purse by a mere bob of a head Sunday to ultimately conclude the mile-and-three-quarter turf journey of Santa Anita’s historic Grade II, $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap that consumed 2:47.74.

With Celtic New Year another one-half length back in the driving finish, it was one of the closest results in the rich 72-year-history of the marathon that annually completes Santa Anita’s racing season.

An on-track crowd of 18,018 thrilled to the blanket finish. It was the tightest in the distance fixture since Red Bishop nudged Special Price by a like margin in 1995, which came two years after Kotashaan’s memorable nose victory over Bien Bien.

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 17, 2011)—Santa Anita Park’s 74th winter/spring meet came to a close on Sunday with encouraging news regarding attendance and handle. With the April 9 Santa Anita Derby standing as the highlight of the season, two highly successful Gourmet Food Truck Festivals on Jan.

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 17, 2011) – Game on Dude, who withstood a 12-minute stewards’ inquiry before being named official winner of the Santa Anita Handicap, endured an even longer delay before ballots were counted and he was named Horse of the Meet over several other challengers deemed worthy by voters in Santa Anita’s annual Media Poll.

April 16, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 16, 2011) –Brice Blanc benefited from fellow jockey Rafael Bejarano’s judgment call Saturday when riding 7-2 shot Malibu Pier to a one-half length victory over 7-5 favored Cozi Rosie in Santa Anita’s 63rd running of the Grade II, $150,000 Santa Barbara Handicap for fillies and mares at 1 ¼ miles on turf.

Taking over for Bejarano aboard Malibu Pier, Blanc rallied the 4-year-old Malibu Moon filly from four lengths behind to assume command in deep stretch and withstand the determined closing rally by Cozi Rosie while covering the distance in 2:00.22.