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Court of Appeals Hears Instant Racing Arguments

by Kenny Colston on April 25, 2012

A decision is expected within six weeks over whether Instant Racing is legal in Kentucky. The state’s Court of Appeals heard arguments in the case today.

Instant Racing is a slots-like game that Kentucky racetracks hope to use to boost race purses. But the Family Foundation of Kentucky says the game isn’t pari-mutuel betting like horse racing, but instead is closer to a slot machine.

Foundation executive director Kent Ostrander says based on questions from the appeals judge, he believes the case will go back to square one.

“If the rule of law still presides in Kentucky I feel we’ll have a favorable outcome. Whether that a full reversal or remanded down to the circuit court,” he says. [click to continue…]

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Ellis Park Moves Ahead With Instant Racing

by Devin Katayama October 24, 2011

Ellis Park in Henderson has won approval to become the second Kentucky racetrack to move ahead with expanded gambling. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission unanimously approved the plan Monday in Lexington. Ellis Park plans to install around 250 instant racing machines on the ground floor of its clubhouse building in early 2012. The game is […]

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AG Asked To Halt Instant Racing Games

by Rick Howlett September 21, 2011

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 […]

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Today on State of the News

by Laura Ellis September 2, 2011

Segment A: The WFPL news staff has analysis of the stories they covered this week – including Erica Peterson on today’s breaking news that the Obama Administration has announced that it’s withdrawing a proposal to strengthen the nation’s ozone standard. Segment B: WFPL’s Phillip M. Bailey and the Counrier-Journal’s Joe Gerth take a look at […]

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Horse Racing Commission Approves Instant Racing at Kentucky Downs

by admin July 14, 2011

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 […]

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Kentucky Supreme Court to Wait to Hear Instant Racing Arguments

by Tony McVeigh April 21, 2011

The Kentucky Supreme Court will wait to hear a case testing the legality of Instant Racing. In December, Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ruled the state can regulate Instant Racing, or electronic wagering on previously-run horse races. The Family Foundation, which opposes expansion of gambling in Kentucky, appealed the decision directly to the state Supreme […]

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Legal Challenges May Delay Instant Racing At Horse Tracks

by Gabe Bullard December 30, 2010

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.

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Judge Upholds Instant Racing Regulations

by Rick Howlett December 29, 2010

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved the Instant Racing regulations in July in an effort to give the industry a financial boost.

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Instant Racing Debate Moves To Lexington

by Tony McVeigh September 30, 2010

In July, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission unanimously approved regulations allowing Instant Racing at the state’s eight horse tracks. Instant Racing allows bettors to place electronic wagers on previously run horse races. Before the regulations go into effect, the public gets to weigh-in on them.

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Instant Racing Hearing Held In Lexington

by Rick Howlett September 29, 2010

In July, regulations allowing Instant Racing at horse tracks were unanimously approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. During the public hearing process, the legality of the new form of gambling is also being tested in the courts.

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