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KY Supreme Court Denies Review

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Valerie Mellema
Friday, January 22, 2021

The Kentucky Supreme Court has denied a request to reconsider its September ruling starting that slot-like "historical horse racing" is not pari-mutuel wagering. 


The ruling in September overturned a 2018 Circuit Court ruling that allowed tracks to operate with the machines. The Supreme Court then said that the machines must stop operating, but did not provide a cutoff date. 


The Kentucky General Assembly is split with Republicans notoriously being opposed to expanded gambling. However, the Democratic Governor, Andy Beshear is in favor of allowing historical horse racing as well as sports betting. State Senate President Robert Stivers is in favor of historical horse racing and believes it should take precedence over sports betting. 


In the meantime, tracks have put expansion projects on hold due to the uncertainty. It is estimated that the machines alone have generated $3.2 billion a year and accounts for 80,000 jobs. 


 

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