Whether Instant Racing machines offer pari-mutuel games like horse racing or actually offer slot machine-like gambling will be the issue before the Kentucky Supreme Court when a hearing is held in Frankfort on Aug. 21.
The high court agreed to take up the matter to settle a long-standing dispute involving the Family Foundation that calls Instant Racing slot machines and two racetracks – Kentucky Downs and Ellis Park – that say Instant Racing is an extension of the pari-mutuel activity offered on horse racing.
The case has bounced around the Kentucky court system for a couple of years. The most recent decision was a 2-1 Appeals Court vote leaning toward the Family Foundation.
Instant Racing allows patrons to bet on past races without knowing the names of the trainers, jockeys or horses involved.
Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.
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