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Intention To Appeal 'Instant Racing' Ruling Officially Announced

Published: January 21, 2011 4:00 pm ET

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It has been reported that on Thursday, January 20 in the State of Kentucky, the Family Foundation filed notice that it is going to appeal the approval of 'historical racing' to be wagered on via slots-like 'instant racing' terminals.

An article by the Lexington Herald-Leader has quoted Governor Steve Beshear as saying via statement that "We always assumed this issue would eventually be settled by Kentucky's appellate courts. We are confident they will find that historic racing is allowed under Kentucky law, and we look forward to the assistance historic racing will give our struggling horse industry."

In a decision late last month, Judge Thomas Wingate ruled that the state's plan for wagering on such machines amounts to a form of legal pari-mutuel wagering – not an illegal expansion of gambling.

In a 17-page order, Wingate ruled that the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission can institute and regulate the machines if the integrity of the wagering is preserved.

(With files from the Lexington Herald-Leader)

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