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Ky. Instant Racing decision due by Jan. 1

December 14, 2010
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A Kentucky Circuit Court Judge said on Tuesday that he will issue a ruling on the legality of Instant Racing machines at the state’s racetracks by Jan. 1. Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate said after the 90-minute hearing that he would render his decision prior to the beginning of the Kentucky General Assembly session.
 
Instant Racing machines allow bettors to wager on previously run races that are shown at random. The date, racetrack, horses and number of runners in the race are not revealed. The state’s Racing Commission recently approved Instant Racing as a form of pari-mutuel wagering in a quest to generate revenue for the racetracks, and then filed a joint suit with the tracks asking for a court ruling on the legality.
 
Also, a proposed change in rules governing advance wagering companies (ADW) in Kentucky was tabled by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission at its meeting on Monday and will be discussed again in February. The proposed rules call for a change in licensing regulations and would require all ADWs to pay a fee in order to be able to conduct wagering on Kentucky racetracks. Churchill Downs president Kevin Flanery voiced his objections, stating that companies who do not wish to pay the fee would in turn stop carrying the simulcast signal from tracks in Kentucky.
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