Judge finds graphics OK in Instant Racing

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A judge ruled an Instant Racing game, with cartoon-style racehorses, is a valid “video replay” of a race, according to a report in the Lexington Herald-Leader. The Family Foundation opposes Instant Racing, a slot machine-style game where players bet on the outcome of a race that’s already been run.

The Family Foundation says only real, live racing is legal in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The group says that a cartoon of a horse race violates state law.

According to Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate, betting isn’t affected, whether it’s a tape of a real race, or a cartoon image of one.

A spokesperson for The Family Foundation told ABC 36 News, “We’re surprised the court was willing to say that a cartoon constitutes a horse race, but when the political interest is powerful enough words can mean just about anything. We’re also surprised that the current administration in Frankfort is so enthusiastic about pursuing the Beshear administration’s policy on expanded gambling.”

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