05/19/2010 11:00PM

Interim chief named to replace Charles

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George Haines has been appointed interim president of Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields, according to a press release issued Thursday by track owner MI Developments. Haines replaces Ron Charles, whose resignation after five and a half years as track president was effective Wednesday.

The promotion of Haines, former Santa Anita vice president and general manager, was announced by Dennis Mills, MID's vice-chairman and chief executive officer.

"I am delighted George has accepted the challenge to lead our West Coast racing operations during these challenging times in California racing," Mills stated in the prepared release. "George and I will seek to complement our advisory team to help develop a strategic approach in California that will benefit all stakeholders."

Haines has worked in various positions at Santa Anita since 1972, including director of parimutuel operations and assistant general manager.