Whitesburg KY

Ruling on racetrack wagering case should come soon


A decision on whether Kentucky racetracks can off er betting on contests that have already been run is expected within a few weeks, but the case is likely to be appealed either way.

On one side Tuesday, the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet, the Revenue Department and the eight racetracks in Kentucky argued it is legal to allow such betting, but a conservative advocacy group, the Family Foundation, said it is illegal and is nothing more than video slot machines.

After the oral arguments, the case is in the hands of Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas D. Wingate. The Lexington Herald-Leader
and The Courier-Journal
report Wingate said he will decide before the end of the year.

The tracks say revenues from the wagers would improve purses at Kentucky tracks.

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