by | 11.17.2010 | 12:46am

Brant Latta, a veteran racetrack executive who has been with Magna Entertainment for nearly 10 years, most recently as senior vice president of operations, has left the company, he told the Paulick Report on Monday.

Prior to his last position, to which he was promoted in October 2006, Latta was the senior manager of Magna's “continuous improvement team,” from August 2003 to March 2006, and before that was general manager of Santa Anita Park. Before joining Magna, Latta had worked at several racetracks, including Turf Paradise, Longacres, and Rillito Park. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona's Racetrack Industry Program.

Latta called it a “mutual parting” that was prompted by efforts to reduce corporate overhead. Magna is currently run by its chairman, Frank Stronach, who has been acting chief executive officer since Michael Neuman was sacked a year ago after less than six months on the job.

By Ray Paulick

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