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10:15 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Kentucky Supreme Court Rules on Taxes and Legal Challenge Related to Instant Racing

Legal challenges against Instant Racing in Kentucky will continue following Thursday's ruling by the state Supreme Court.
Legal challenges against Instant Racing in Kentucky will continue following Thursday's ruling by the state Supreme Court.

The Kentucky Supreme Court says the state can’t collect pari-mutuel taxes on instant racing games.

However, the Courier-Journal reports the high court also ruled Thursday that instant racing was legally implemented in the commonwealth.

Kentucky Downs in Franklin and Ellis Park in Henderson currently offer instant racing, which involves bettors wagering money on videos of previously run races.

Despite the ruling, justices said the conservative Family Foundation of Kentucky can continue its efforts to oppose Instant Racing. The group is gathering evidence for its legal challenge against the games, which it believes were implemented illegally.

State regulators have allowed pari-mutuel taxes to be collected on the games, but Thursday’s ruling by the Kentucky Supreme says those taxes only apply to live racing events.