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Kentucky Judge Rules On Legality Of 'Instant Racing'


Published: December 30, 2010 11:29 am ET

Last Comment: December 31, 2010 2:40 am ET | 1 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

On Wednesday, December 29, a Kentucky judge ruled on the legality of the somewhat controversial Instant Racing terminals which were proposed to be implemented in the state.

The slots-like machines allow gamblers to bet on previously-run or 'historical' horse races. has reported Circuit 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.

The article states that the Family Foundation of Kentucky, who was appealing the machines, have indicated that they will appeal the ruling, meaning that the implementation of the machines in state racetracks will be delayed.

“We feel strongly that the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has the statutory authority to regulate historical horse racing, and we expect revenue produced from these games will help support our trademark racing industry,” Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear said via statement.

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December 31, 2010 - 2:40 amBetting on previously run

Betting on previously run races, what is it a "memory test"??::)

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