KY Group Officially Challenges Instant Racing

An organization has entered the fray in the push for an Instant Racing ruling.

The Family Foundation of Kentucky is officially seeking to become party to legal action tied to proposed regulations for Instant Racing at the state’s racetracks.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reported Aug. 23 the organization filed a court challenge. In July, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, Kentucky Department of Revenue, and eight tracks filed a petition seeking a court ruling on the legality of Instant Racing machines and whether they are in fact pari-mutuel in nature.

The KHRC took action on the Instant Racing regulations in July. A public hearing is scheduled for Sept. 29 in Lexington.

The Courier-Journal reported a hearing on the Family Foundation’s challenge is set for Sept. 1.

In late July, Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate expedited the process because as of that time, no other parties had joined the suit. He said briefs from the state and racetracks would be due in 30 days, meaning the end of August.