Texas Panel Delays Action on Instant Racing

Racing commission said it needs more time to study new form of wagering.

The Texas Racing Commission has indicated it won't address historical race wagering at its Aug. 12 meeting because it needs more time to study it.

The Fort Worth Star Telegram reported Aug. 5 the TRC received more than 13,000 responses during a public comment period. If the commission doesn't act on the proposal by the end of this year, it will expire, the newspaper reported.

Historical race wagering, also called Instant Racing, is operational in Arkansas, Kentucky, and Wyoming; it also has been approved in Oregon. The machines, which resemble video lottery terminals, are touted as being pari-mutuel because all bets are pooled and the outcomes of the on-screen games are determined by previously run races.

Rep. Dan Flynn has sent a letter to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to inquire whether the TRC has the authority to allow the machines at racetracks, the Star Telegram reported.