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Magna, Caruso Team Up for Santa Anita Park Project

29 September 2006

AURORA, Ontario – (PRESS RELEASE) -- Magna Entertainment Corp. (NASDAQ: MECA) Magna Entertainment Corp. (MEC) and Caruso Affiliated ("Caruso") today announced that certain MEC affiliates have entered into definitive operating agreements with certain Caruso affiliates regarding the proposed development of approximately 51 acres of undeveloped lands surrounding Santa Anita Park (the "Project"). Previously the subject of an April 2004 letter of intent, the Project contemplates a mixed-use development with approximately 800,000 square feet of retail, entertainment and restaurants as well as approximately 4,000 parking spaces.

The Project is expected to be presented to the Arcadia City Council early next year.

"We are delighted to be able to move forward with this joint venture first contemplated in early 2004. Rick Caruso has been a top developer for quite some time and the prospect of combining his development talents with our horseracing facility and track operations expertise is very exciting", said Frank Stronach, Chairman and Interim Chief Executive Officer of MEC. "Developing lands surrounding Santa Anita Park presents the opportunity for us to significantly enhance what is already a wonderful facility."

Santa Anita Park, which first opened for thoroughbred horse racing in 1934, is widely acclaimed as one of the most beautiful settings for racing. It is situated on approximately 305 acres of land approximately 14 miles northeast of Los Angeles. Famed for its art-deco style grandstand and view of the San Gabriel mountains, Santa Anita features a one-mile oval dirt track and a 7/8-mile turf course. Its grandstand seats 26,000 guests and the park-like grounds and infield area can accommodate over 50,000 guests. In addition, it has 61 barns capable of housing more than 2,000 horses, as well as a complete equine hospital.

"We are excited about the opportunity to combine our high-quality brand of outdoor retail and entertainment centers with the beauty and tradition of Santa Anita Park. We believe that the proposed project will bring a new vitality to the already exciting horseracing experience at Santa Anita Park, and that this joint venture will have great benefit for both companies and the surrounding community," said Rick J. Caruso, Founder and CEO of Caruso.

Consistent with MEC's and Caruso's equal funding requirements, each have a 50% ownership interest in the joint venture, which will lease the lands underlying the Project from MEC under a long-term lease. Caruso will secure financing, act as property manager and be responsible for leasing activities during and after the Project's construction.

MEC, North America's number one owner and operator of horse racetracks, based on revenues, acquires, develops and operates horse racetracks and related casino and pari-mutuel wagering operations, including off-track betting facilities. Additionally, MEC owns and operates XpressBet®, a national Internet and telephone account wagering systems, and Horse Racing TV(TM), a 24-hour horse racing television network.

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