Instant Racing

Frankfort, KY – A bill moving in the Kentucky Senate would let horse tracks install electronic machines that allow instant wagers on thousands of previously run horse races. A small percentage of the money generated by the machines would flow to the state's ailing horse industry. That pleases Frankfort Sen. Julian Carroll who supports the bill.

"Regardless of our partisan politics, we need as a legislature to let the horse industry know that we're here to at least help them stay in existence in Kentucky."

The instant racing bill, sponsored by Georgetown Sen. Damon Thayer, passed the State and Local Government Committee, 11-1. The lone opponent was Bowling Green Sen. Mike Reynolds, who opposes expanded gambling.