Number of historical racing machines at Derby City Gaming to increase

Jul 19, 2018 9:21 AM

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has given its approval to Churchill Downs Inc. to increase the number of historical racing machines at its new Derby City Gaming facility in Louisville.

Derby City is an 85,000-square-foot, $65 million facility scheduled to open in September. It will now feature 900 machines, instead of the 600 that had been planned. 

Historical race wagering machines function like slot machines and can be designed with different kinds of games. The winning numbers for players are generated using historical horse races that already were contested. Gamblers can receive background on the races while playing, but not enough to reveal the race or the results.

Such machines have helped to fortify Kentucky’s racing industry in recent years by producing extra revenue for the tracks.

In Illinois, that state’s racing board is currently examining authorizing such machines to help Illinois racing locales. The Illinois Racing Board (IRB) is studying if it can legalize the machines without any legislative action or referendum, in a manner similar to Kentucky.