Panel Approves Instant Racing Additions at Kentucky Downs

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Kentucky Downs has received approval for four new games and 40 additional machines at its controversial Instant Racing parlor.

The Courier-Journal reports the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved the request Tuesday despite concerns raised by member Ned Bonnie, who said the new games seem to be "moving away from historic races."

Instant Racing allows people to use a device resembling a slot machine to place bets on previously run horse races in which the identities aren't revealed until the wager is made.

Commission Chairman Bob Beck said an expert reviewed the games and found them to be pari-mutuel. State law bans wagering that isn't pari-mutuel, the lottery or charitable gambling.

Bonnie did not vote and the measure passed unopposed.

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