9:10pm

Wed September 21, 2011
Statehouse News

Family Foundation Asks A-G to Step In on Instant Racing

The Family Foundation of Kentucky is asking the Attorney General to step in and stop the operation of instant racing video machines at a southwest Kentucky racetrack  Kentucky Downs in Franklin began operating instant racing video machines earlier this month.  They allow gamblers to bet on previously run, anonymous horse races.  The question of their legality is still before the state court of appeals.  But, Family Foundation Executive Director Kent Ostrander says it’s time for the attorney general to 'roll up his sleeves and enforce Kentucky law'.

“So as he views this video we are offering him, I think he’ll have to get more involved.  At least investigate further, if not just look on it’s face and say these machines aren’t legal according to Kentucky law now,” said Ostrander.

An attorney general’s spokeswoman says the office doesn’t intervene in matters that are currently before the courts.

 Kentucky Downs is the only track in the Commonwealth to offer instant racing.  Attempts to reach a spokesperson at the Franklin track proved unsuccessful.  At Keeneland, Julie Balog says the Lexington track will wait and see..

“It would be premature to decide if Keeneland would do instant racing because we need to see how it concludes through the legal system.  Once we find that out, then we will re-visit the process,” said Balog.

The state court of appeals is expected to rule on the case early next year.   But, next month, the court will consider an injunction meant to shut down the instant racing slot machines until it a ruling is issued.