A member of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission is challenging racetracks to be more innovative in order to compete with surrounding states for business. As race tracks have proposed 2012 schedules, some tracks are cutting the number of racing days. “We’ve got to do something to lure people back to the tracks,” said Commissioner Tom… Continue reading Kentucky Racetracks Struggle to Grow Business
By Stu Johnson, Kentucky Public Radio The Family Foundation of Kentucky says the state attorney general should move to shut down Instant Racing machines at a southern Kentucky track. Kentucky Downs began offering the gambling devices several weeks ago. Instant Racing allows participants to bet on previously run, anonymous horse races. The Family Foundation’s Kent… Continue reading AG Asked To Halt Instant Racing Games
by Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio The Family Foundation of Kentucky says violating state gambling laws should be a Class D Felony instead of misdemeanor offense. The conservative policy group announced plans to seek legislative support for the stiffer penalty today. It’s partially a response to tomorrow’s launch of instant racing games at the Kentucky… Continue reading Family Foundation Seeks Stiffer Penalty for Gambling Violations
Kentucky’s horse racing industry could benefit from a new sustainability program. A state initiative will help racetracks comply with environmental regulations and reduce their footprint. Horse racing is important to Kentucky’s economy, but huge events like the Derby take their toll on the environment—from the trash produced to animal waste and electricity usage. The state’s… Continue reading State Initiative Encourages Sustainability in Racing Industry
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved the first expanded gambling games at a state horse track. Kentucky Downs in western Kentucky wants to implement the game in which gamblers bet on old horse races without names of the horses, jockeys and trainers using slot-like devices. The game is known as Instant Racing at Oaklawn… Continue reading Horse Racing Commission Approves Instant Racing at Kentucky Downs
Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom will face Preakness Stakes winner Shackelford tomorrow in the final leg of the Triple Crown—the Belmont Stakes. The two horses are the most talked-about in the field of 12, and Animal Kingdom is the early oddsmakers’ favorite, breaking from the number nine post. Derby runner-up Nehro has strong odds heading… Continue reading Derby Contenders Meet Again for Belmont Stakes
NPR’s piece on bourbon balls is getting a lot of attention on Derby day, but there has also been news about the actual horse race on public radio. Yesterday, Melissa Block talked with the Courier-Journal’s Jennie Rees about the Derby field, Rees’s favorites and women in horse racing. “With just the sixth female jockey ever… Continue reading NPR on Derby Favorites
After today’s State of the News, WFPL will broadcast WEKU’s Eastern Standard live from Keeneland. The host and guests will discuss the thoroughbred industry. You can listen on 89.3 FM or watch it live here.
Instant Racing is not the same as slot machine gambling, but it is similar. The results are not completely random, but there’s not enough information available for experienced handicappers to use traditional horse race wagering strategies.
The Downs After Dark event Friday is the only one in the fall meet. Spokesperson Darren Rogers says if it’s successful, the events will return next fall.