Churchill Downs trying to keep online wagering system alive

Oct 1, 2012 6:49 PM

Churchill Downs Inc. (CHDN) is attempting to keep its online wagering system alive in Texas through a federal lawsuit.

The company that operates the TwinSpires.com account wagering system, has been ordered to shut down its Internet wagering system by the Texas Racing Commission, which is upholding a law in that state that requires all betting on horse racing to be done in person at the tracks.

The horse racing law, passed originally in the early 80’s, was updated in 2011 in order to ban Internet wagering.

Churchill Downs has asked a federal judge to issue an injunction that would keep account wagering services alive until a further judicial decision can be made.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

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