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