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September 11, 2005

A. Paul Cellucci

Occupation: Vice president for corporate development of Magna Entertainment Corp., the owner of the Pimlico and Laurel Park race tracks.

In the news: Cellucci met last week with state officials to announce Magna's plans to cut by nearly half the live racing schedules at Pimlico and Laurel next year and to sell the company's training center at Bowie. He said the move would help Magna contain costs and increase racing purses to make Maryland tracks more competitive with those in neighboring states where slot machine gambling is legal.

Career highlights: He was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1976 and to the state Senate in 1984. In 1990, the Republican was elected lieutenant governor of Massachusetts and was elevated to governor in 1997, when Gov. William F. Weld resigned. Cellucci was elected governor in 1998 and resigned in 2001 to become ambassador to Canada. He was hired by Magna this year.

Personal: Cellucci, 57, graduated from the Boston College School of Management in 1970 and the Boston College School of Law in 1973. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves, attaining the rank of captain before being honorably discharged in 1978. He also worked in his family's automobile dealership and practiced law in Hudson, Mass.

Philosophy: "The goal of this plan is to make sure horse racing continues as a major league sport in Maryland and the Preakness remains in Baltimore."

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