Instant Racing Handle Up From May To June

Instant Racing Machines at Kentucky Downs
Instant Racing machines at Kentucky Downs
The amount of money bet on Instant Racing at Kentucky Downs was up just over four-percent from May-to-June, according to the track in Franklin.

Statistics showed $16,350,326 was wagered on the slot machine style of gambling, where customers bet on previously run horse races without knowing the names of the jockeys, owners or trainers.

Kentucky Downs is currently the only horse racing track in the state that offers Instant Racing.

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According to the track, for the first ten months that Instant Racing has been offered, more than $114 million has been bet, with $7.9 million going to the track and $1.7 million to the state.

The legality of Instant Racing in the Commonwealth of Kentucky is currently in court. 

A recent Court of Appeals ruling sent the case back to Franklin Circuit Court to address some issues.

Until a final court ruling comes down on the legality of Instant Racing, it can be offered at tracks in Kentucky, according to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

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