Instant Racing

A judge in Frankfort is set to take up when to set a trial over the issue of Instant Racing at racetracks.

Two local racetracks are dropping plans for their own Instant Racing parlors and have announced plans to partner in one large facility.

Keeneland and the Red Mile successfully made the case for instant racing before the state Horse Racing Commission Wednesday.

Associated Press

The Kentucky Supreme Court has upheld the state's authority to regulate betting on older, recorded horse races.


FRANKFORT, Ky. -- When a horse race is recorded and then bet on later via a slot machine-like device is it still a horse race? Or a type of illegal gambling?

The Kentucky Supreme Court is wrestling with that question after hearing nearly two hours of arguments Wednesday about the legality of historical racing, known as Instant Racing. The justices quizzed attorneys for the Kentucky Racing Commission, multiple race tracks and The Family Foundation of Kentucky about what constitutes a horse race and legal pari-mutuel betting.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Kentucky Supreme Court will hear arguments in August over whether a slot machine-like device, known as Instant Racing, is legal in the state.

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Horse racing tracks could generate up to $30 million a year in tax revenue for the state's financially troubled pension system if they installed slot-like machines and then taxed the proceeds, the House Speaker said Friday.

In Kentucky, actual slot machines are banned, but two horse tracks have installed similar "Instant Racing" machines that allow people to wager on the outcomes of past horse races.

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The issue of slot-like games at Kentucky's racetracks is headed back to the Kentucky Supreme Court.