More Filings In Instant Racing Case

New arguments have been filed in a court case testing the legality of Instant Racing in Kentucky.

In July, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved regulations allowing eight horse tracks to conduct electronic wagering on previously-run horse races. Simultaneously, the commission asked the courts to rule on the legality of Instant Racing. Martin Cothran of the Family Foundation of Kentucky believes it is NOT legal.

“These are movies of old horse races, or horses that have long been dead. And we simply contest the idea that you can have live racing with dead horses.”

The Foundation’s latest legal brief in the case, filed Friday in Franklin Circuit Court, is two-and-a-half-inches thick. The racing commission, eight horse tracks and the state Revenue Department have 15 days to respond to the filing. Judge Thomas Wingate tells Kentucky Public Radio he intends to rule in the case before January.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.