Court of Appeals Hears Instant Racing Arguments

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 […]

AG Asked To Halt Instant Racing Games

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 […]

Today on State of the News

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 […]

Horse Racing Commission Approves Instant Racing at Kentucky Downs

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 […]

Kentucky Supreme Court to Wait to Hear Instant Racing Arguments

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 […]

Instant Racing Debate Moves To Lexington

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.