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Churchill Downs to add slots-like historical wagering

Churchill Downs, the home of the historic Kentucky Derby, plans to add historical wagering on horse racing, the slots-like gambling that has boosted revenue at several other Kentucky racetracks, including Keeneland, Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky Downs in Franklin, and Ellis Park in Henderson.

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10/23/2017

article Governor candidates differ on instant horse racing
(Idaho) -- Republican candidates for Idaho governor are split on whether a type of gambling should be allowed to resume in the Gem State. Lt. Gov. Brad Little and Boise...

6/21/2017

article Churchill Downs unveils plans for historical-racing parlor at Trackside
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs plans to build a new stand-alone facility at its Trackside training center in Louisville to house 650 historical horse-racing machines,...
article Churchill Downs wins initial approval for gambling machines
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs won approval Tuesday to jump into an electronic version of gambling on horse races that allows people to bet on past races displayed on...

6/20/2017

article Churchill Downs wins approval for new Trackside gambling parlor
(Kentucky) -- The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted Tuesday to approve plans for Churchill Downs to build a $50 million to $60 million gambling parlor at a former...
article Churchill Plans to Add Historical Racing at Trackside
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs racetrack plans to add a $50—$60 million historical racing venue at its nearby Trackside training track property, and Churchill Downs...

6/19/2017

article Churchill Downs seeks approval for Instant Racing machines
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs Inc. has asked the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for approval to add devices resembling slot machines to its flagship racetrack in...
article Churchill Downs to add slots-like historical wagering
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs, the home of the historic Kentucky Derby, plans to add historical wagering on horse racing, the slots-like gambling that has boosted...

3/20/2017

article Judge refusing to throw out case over slot machine-style system
(Kentucky) -- A Franklin County Circuit Court Judge is refusing to throw out a case over slot machine gaming. The case went to court almost 6 years ago. The Family...

3/17/2017

article North Dakota “Historic Racing” Machine Bill Poses Threat to State’s Charitable Gambling Industry
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota’s plans to expand gambling by creating up to six state-owned casinos have been grabbing the headlines in the local news, because of...

3/16/2017

article COLUMN: Another ND gambling bill flies under the radar
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota’s Legislature is doing its best to expand gambling and, possibly, punch the state’s charitable gaming in the gut. We hope the...

3/1/2017

article Churchill Downs warming up to historical racing machines
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs Inc. would consider installing so-called historical racing machines at its Louisville, Ky., racetrack if a machine could be designed that...

12/19/2016

article Historic horse racing outlets see gradual recovery
(Wyoming) -- The past year has been a time of rebuilding for Wyoming’s historic horse race industry. And while the industry has yet to achieve the stature it...

11/28/2016

article Racing Commission faces funding woes after track closes
(Idaho) -- The Idaho Racing Commission is scrambling to avoid a funding crisis after its primary revenue source evaporated earlier this year with the closing of the...

10/17/2016

article Stronach Group Buys Historical Racing Company
(Arkansas) -- The Stronach Group has purchased the original historical racing company, RaceTech, which first offered its Instant Racing games in 2000 at Oaklawn Park. In...

7/29/2016

article Horse graphics OK in historical racing replays, judge finds
(Kentucky) -- Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. Wingate on Friday denied the Family Foundation’s motion for summary judgment against one type of historical...
article Judge finds graphics OK in Instant Racing
(Kentucky) -- A judge ruled an Instant Racing game, with cartoon-style racehorses, is a valid “video replay” of a race, according to a report in the...

4/18/2016

article Six months into instant racing, Red Mile gambling handle rising steadily
(Kentucky) -- A little over six months ago, Keeneland and Red Mile opened a gambling parlor with 902 instant racing machines and a joint simulcasting room at the harness...

3/7/2016

article GM says instant racing could improve Turfway's odds
(Kentucky) -- Chip Bach doesn’t expect an immediate turnaround in Turfway Park’s fortunes, but he is betting on instant racing to raise the stakes. Bach, the...

2/19/2016

article State commission axes ‘historical racing’
(Texas) -- The Texas Racing Commission voted 5-4 on Thursday to repeal rules allowing a new form of gambling, ending a monthslong deadlock that pitted members of the...

2/9/2016

article Vote on repealing Texas historical racing rules blocked
(Texas) -- An anticipated vote on whether to repeal historical racing rules in Texas never came to fruition at a Tuesday meeting of the state’s racing commission...

1/8/2016

article Horse racing organization sues Texas comptroller
(Texas) -- Texas Horsemen's Partnership, an organization within the Texas horse racing industry, filed a lawsuit against the Texas comptroller Thursday, arguing that...
article Horse racing owners and training suing the state to head off possible industry shutdown
(Texas) -- The Texas Horsemen’s Partnership is trying to head off a second industry shutdown by suing the state of Texas and Comptroller Glenn Hegar.
article In last ditch effort, Texas horsemen sue state officials over historical racing
(Texas) -- Texas horsemen took legal steps this week to try to save their industry. The Texas Horsemen’s Partnership filed a lawsuit against Comptroller Glen Hegar...
article Racehorse group sues Texas comptroller
(Texas) -- An organization at the heart of the Texas horse racing industry has filed a lawsuit that accuses the state of using an unconstitutional maneuver that...
article Texas horse racing group sues state over 'historical racing'
(Texas) -- A group representing the Texas horse racing industry has filed a lawsuit seeking to force state officials to provide funding to keep race tracks in Houston...
article In Bid to Keep Retama, Other Tracks Open, Horsemen Sue State
(Texas) -- The Texas horse racing industry today filed suit against the State Comptroller's Office, seeking to overturn a regulation which limits the funding of the...

12/22/2015

article Historic ‘Instant’ racing machines; Texas horse tracks on the brink
(Texas) -- Last week the Texas Legislature gave the Racing Commission there just enough money to operate until February. The commission’s new director, Rolando...

12/16/2015

article The Texas Racing Commission Isn't Backing Down on Historical Racing
(Texas) -- The Texas Racing Commission is doubling down on historical racing. Despite the pressure — and funding threats — from the Texas Legislature, the...

12/15/2015

article Texas Racing Commission refuses to nix historical racing, agency could shut down
(Texas) -- Texas racing officials Tuesday refused to retreat from a controversial plan to allow a hotly contested new way to gamble at horse racetracks statewide,...

12/14/2015

article OP/ED: Historical racing foes hypocritical
(Texas) -- On Tuesday, the Texas Racing Commission, under pressure from state leaders, will vote on repeal of historical racing rules. This will mark the third vote in...
article Texas Faces Another Historical Racing Vote
(Texas) -- The future of historical racing in Texas could be decided Dec. 15 at a regular meeting of the Texas Racing Commission, which has two new members recently...

12/5/2015

article Idaho high court awards tribe reduced legal fees in instant racing case
(Idaho) -- The Idaho Supreme Court has determined that the state has to pay the Coeur d’Alene Tribe a little more than half of the legal fees they requested after...

12/2/2015

article Texas Lt. Governor urges repeal of instant racing
(Texas) -- The second highest ranking government official in Texas has sent a letter to the Texas Racing Commission’s chairman “urging” the panel to...
article Ky. greenlights more gambling at Turfway
(Kentucky) -- The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Tuesday approved a plan to install 250 historic racing terminals at Turfway Park, paving the way for expanded...

11/24/2015

article Wyoming Downs Reopens Historic Racing Games
(Wyoming) -- After a seven-week shutdown, Wyoming Downs announced Nov. 24 that its historic wagering operations had reopened at its off-track betting facilities across...

11/20/2015

article Court issues substitute opinion in instant racing case, doesn't change any of its conclusions
(Idaho) -- The Idaho Supreme Court has issued a substitute opinion in the instant racing case, but it doesn’t change any of its conclusions from its earlier...
article Historic horse race gaming resumes in Wyoming
(Wyoming) -- Gaming machines that allow players to bet on historic horse races are switching on throughout the state, after about 50 days of being in the dark. The...
article Sounding Off: Readers discuss whether Racing Commission should move forward with historical racing or let Legislature decide
(Texas) -- The Texas Racing Commission and the state’s tracks were closed in September because of a fight about historical racing terminals, which look similar to...

11/16/2015

article Wyoming Panel OKs Historical Racing Games
(Wyoming) -- The Wyoming Pari-Mutuel Commission Nov. 13 approved two companies as historical horse race wagering providers and authorized use of several game themes....

10/28/2015

article Governor Otter says preserving Idaho’s Horse Racing tradition is a matter of fairness
(Idaho) -- Idaho’s Governor Butch Otter has written an opinion after a Supreme Court decision to strike down his veto of legislation outlawing Idaho’s...
article Otter calls for return of instant racing terminals, with tighter regulations
(Idaho) -- Idaho Gov. Butch Otter said Wednesday that he wants to see instant racing terminals return in Idaho with tighter regulations, the AP reports. "Let's...

10/16/2015

article Is That A Horse Race Or A Slot Machine? Depends On Who You Ask
(Wyoming) -- Historical horse racing machines will remain shut down in Wyoming for at least weeks, and more likely a few months. Since the machines were legalized in...

10/13/2015

article Historic horse racing shut down statewide; Wyoming Downs struggles to stay afloat
(Wyoming) -- The historic horse racing terminals are closed for reprogramming, but this closure may last months, and the software repairs affect all the historic horse...

10/9/2015

article Tribe Lost Chance For Fees In Racing Ban Row, Idaho Says
(Idaho) -- The Idaho attorney general told the state Supreme Court that Idaho should not have to pay the Coeur d'Alene Tribe's attorneys’ fees in a case...
article Wyoming signals more trouble for Historic Racing Machine industry
(Wyoming) -- The Wyoming Pari-Mutuel Commission (PMC) has shut down all historic horse race terminals in the state after Attorney General Peter K. Michael issued an...

10/7/2015

article 'Instant racing' machines shut down in Wyoming, after A.G.'s opinion
(Wyoming) -- The operation of slot machine-like “instant racing” betting machines has been shut down in Wyoming, at least temporarily, reports the Lexington...

10/5/2015

article Instant racing shut down in Wyoming; bonus rounds not parimutuel, AG says
(Wyoming) -- Instant Racing, the type of electronic game in use at the recently opened Red Mile and Keeneland gambling parlor, has been shut down in Wyoming, at least...

9/17/2015

article Instant racing machines open at The Red Mile on Saturday
(Kentucky) -- Racing fans can try their hands at 902 instant racing machines at The Red Mile in Lexington starting Saturday.

9/15/2015

article BLOG: Idaho government responsible for racing industry’s demise
(Idaho) -- I’m fond of saying Idaho government officials adamantly support free enterprise, except for when they don’t. The narrative of state politicians is...

9/14/2015

article Non-Indian racetracks cut machines and workers after ruling
(Idaho) -- Two non-Indian racetracks and another non-Indian facility in Idaho stopped operating so-called "instant" racing machines after Secretary of State Lawerence...

9/11/2015

article Idaho high court upholds law banning horse racing terminals
(Idaho) -- Idaho’s highest court says the state must enforce legislation banning lucrative instant horse racing terminals after ruling that Gov. C.L. “Butch...
article Idaho Supreme Court denies governor’s veto; Instant racing machines illegal
(Idaho) -- Thursday the Idaho Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and voided the governor’s veto of a bill outlawing instant or...
article Idaho Supreme Court: Otter’s veto invalid, so law repealing instant racing stands
(Idaho) -- As soon as Secretary of State Lawerence Denney certifies a law passed this year by the Legislature, the Idaho Racing Commission will issue a cease-and-desist...
article Court orders state to pay tribe's attorney fees
(Idaho) -- In addition to ruling in favor of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe in the instant racing veto case, a unanimous Idaho Supreme Court ruled that the tribe is...

9/10/2015

article Idaho high court upholds law banning horse racing terminals
(Idaho) -- Slot machine-like “instant racing” machines that have been operating at three Idaho locations – including the Greyhound Park Event Center in...
article Instant horse racing ban in effect, governor’s veto invalid, Idaho Supreme Court rules
(Idaho) -- Gov. Butch Otter’s attempted veto of a bill repealing instant horse racing did not meet a deadline laid out in Idaho law and is invalid, the Idaho...

9/8/2015

article Idaho Racing Commission suspends horse track's license
(Idaho) -- The Idaho Racing Commission has suspended an eastern Idaho's horse racing track's license to operate lucrative betting terminals, but track officials...
article Preliminary order suspends Double Down’s license
(Idaho) -- The Idaho State Racing Commission has issued a preliminary order suspending Double Down Betting, Sports Bar and Grill’s license to conduct simulcasting...

8/28/2015

article Selma city leaders brace for horse racing decision
(Texas) -- City officials in Selma are closely monitoring the ongoing fight between the Texas Racing Commission and state lawmakers over a new form of betting on horse...

8/27/2015

article 'Historical Racing' Leads to High Level Stare-Down in PariMutual Industry
(Texas) -- A very controversial decision by the Texas Racing Commission not to outlaw what is called 'Historical Racing,' has pitted the Commission and the state...
article Texas Racing Commission Keeps New Form Of E-Gambling
(Texas) -- A vote by the Texas Racing Commission to keep a rule allowing a new form of electronic gambling at tracks sets up a fight with some state lawmakers, who must...

8/26/2015

article Racing Commission Upholds New Gambling Rules, Could Face Lawmakers' Wrath
(Texas) -- The same innovation poised to help keep the horse racing industry alive might instead end up killing it by the end of the month.
article Texas Racing Commission Votes For New Form Of Electronic Gambling
(Texas) -- The Texas Racing Commission has voted to retain a rule to allow a new form of electronic gambling at tracks. Commissioners voted Tuesday to let Texas horse...
article 'Instant racing' could renew demand for horse wagering
(Atlantic City) -- Legislation that would allow gamblers to bet on pre-recorded horse races could revitalize New Jersey’s slumping horse racing industry while...
article Legislation advanaces that would allow betting on mobile devices at New Jersey racetracks
(New Jersey) -- Mobile wagering devices would be allowed at New Jersey racetracks under a bill approved by a Senate committee in Trenton on Thursday.

8/25/2015

article Defying Pressure, Regulators Uphold Historical Racing
(Texas) -- In a victory for racetracks and a rebuff to state lawmakers, the Texas Racing Commission on Tuesday declined to outlaw historical racing in the state....
article Gambling its future, commission refuses to back down on historical racing
(Texas) -- The Texas Racing Commission narrowly voted Tuesday not to reverse its approval of a new form of in-track gambling, a surprising and risky move that could...
article Texas Racing Commission refuses to reverse course on historical racing
(Texas) -- In a surprise vote, the Texas Racing Commission on Tuesday refused to back down from its approval of a new type of horse racing game even after lawmakers...
article Texas Racing Commissioners’ vote on historical racing machines could endanger funding
(Texas) -- The Texas Racing Commission raised the stakes today in its showdown with state legislators over expanded gambling at horse and dog tracks. A miscalculation,...
article Texas racing officials roll dice, stay the course on historical racing
(Texas) -- Texas racing officials Tuesday refused to retreat from approving a controversial new way to gamble at tracks statewide, even though that decision could...

8/24/2015

article Officials Look to Move Betting Machines Back to Race Track
(Idaho) -- An eastern Idaho horse racing track has folded on trying to keep its lucrative betting machines off-site after months of defending the legality of the...

8/21/2015

article Off-track 'instant racing' betting parlor in Idaho Falls looks to move to racetrack
(Idaho) -- Double Down Betting Bar & Grill in Idaho Falls, one of three locations in the state that operates controversial slot machine-like “instant racing...

8/20/2015

article Historical Racing Poised to Soar Even Higher
(Kentucky) -- Having surpassed the $1.1 billion wagering mark and coming off the best month since it was introduced in September 2011, historical racing in Kentucky is...

8/17/2015

article Some lawmakers believe historic horse race machines are no different than slots
(Wyoming) -- The terminals were about the size of an arcade game. At the bottom right corner of the screen, a short video of a historic horse race played. In the center...

8/3/2015

article Red Mile gets instant video game-style gambling terminals
(Kentucky) -- The Red Mile horse racing track welcomed its first shipment of “historical racing terminals,” video game-style stations that allow gamblers to...

7/31/2015

article First instant racing terminals arrive at Red Mile
(Kentucky) -- The first historical racing terminals arrived in Lexington this week for the gambling facility that Red Mile will operate in conjunction with Keeneland. On...

7/24/2015

article Historical Race Wagering Case Continues in KY
(Kentucky) -- A Kentucky judge has denied motion to have historical race wagering machines brought to the courtroom for a demonstration. The Lexington Herald-Leader...

7/17/2015

article Double Down celebrates 1st anniversary, instant horse racing issue continues
(Idaho) -- Double Down Betting Bar and Grill is celebrating its first anniversary this weekend, and it's been a year full of controversy surrounding instant horse...

7/14/2015

article Idaho Prepares Defense in Instant Horse Racing Case
(Idaho) -- Idaho officials are preparing legal defenses in the case over legislation banning instant horse racing terminals throughout the state. The Spokesman-Review...

7/13/2015

article Case questions Otter's veto on instant racing bill
(Idaho) -- Which matters more: what the state constitution says or what the Idaho Senate does? That’s the big question in legal arguments submitted to the Idaho Supreme...

7/12/2015

article Case questions Otter’s veto on instant racing bill
(Idaho) -- Which matters more: what the state constitution says or what the Idaho Senate does? That’s the big question in legal arguments submitted to the Idaho...

6/30/2015

press release IGT's Wheel of Fortune® Slots Crown The Cromwell Las Vegas' First $1 Million Jackpot Winner
(Las Vegas) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (IGT) Wheel of Fortune® slots awarded The Cromwell Las Vegas' first million-dollar jackpot on...

6/29/2015

article Idaho Gov., Others Say Veto Was Timely In Racing Row [sub req]
(Idaho) -- The Idaho Supreme Court was told Friday that it should deny the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s bid to force through a bill that would ban instant horse...
article Ellis Park to add 52 Instant Racing machines
(Kentucky) -- With Instant Racing electronic gambling catching on with the public, Ellis Park won approval Monday to add 52 machines. The decision by the Kentucky Horse...

6/22/2015

article Instant racing machines get something of a summer reprieve...
(Idaho) -- The Idaho Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in Coeur d’Alene Tribe vs. Lawerence Denney, the instant racing lawsuit, for Aug. 11 at 10 a.m....

6/16/2015

article OP/ED: Slot machines do funny things to governments
(Idaho) -- Idaho’s constitution plainly prohibits slot machines and any imitation of slot machines. It’s funny that Idaho’s government allows Idaho...

6/12/2015

article State: Tribe's going after wrong guy in instant racing lawsuit
(Idaho) -- Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says the Coeur d'Alene Tribe is going after...
article Treasure Valley Racing files to intervene; tribe opposes similar move yesterday by Greyhound Park operator
(Idaho) -- Treasure Valley Racing, operator of Les Bois Park in Boise, today filed a petition to intervene in the court case in which the Coeur d’Alene Tribe is...

5/5/2015

article Secretary of state won’t act on CdA Tribe’s instant racing request
(Idaho) -- Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney says he won’t comply with a legal demand from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe asking him to certify the repeal...

5/4/2015

article Denney says he won't comply with tribe's request to certify instant racing repeal bill as law
(Idaho) -- Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney says he won’t comply with a legal demand letter from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe asking him to certify SB...

5/2/2015

article Idaho tribe asks Secretary of State to certify gambling bill vetoed by Governor
(Idaho) -- In March the Idaho House and Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe that would outlaw so-called Historic, or Instant...

5/1/2015

article Instant racing repeal must take effect, tribe tells Idaho secretary of state
(Idaho) -- Senate Bill 1011 requires all instant racing machines in Idaho to be removed by July 1, 2015. The bill passed both the Senate and the House of Representatives...
article Tribe demands Idaho certify new law banning instant racing machines
(Idaho) -- The Coeur d’Alene Tribe has delivered a six-page legal demand letter to Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney, asking him to certify SB 1011, the...

4/30/2015

press release Idaho Secretary of State Petitioned to Certify Instant Racing Law
(Idaho) -- Today, Bill Roden, Boise attorney and lobbyist for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe delivered a letter to Secretary of State Lawrence Denney, requesting that...

4/23/2015

article Racing commissioner on instant racing moratorium, Otter says outside investigation 'still in works'
(Idaho) -- State Racing Commissioner Jim Hammond, a former state senator from Post Falls, said today that the Racing Commission had “very little discussion”...

4/10/2015

article Idaho Tribes Say Veto of Horse Racing Machines Bill Illegal
(Idaho) -- Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter vetoed a bill that would repeal instant horse racing machines despite the state Legislature having passed the bill...

4/9/2015

article Was Otter veto illegal?
(Idaho) -- After SB 1011 passed through both chambers of the Legislature, the governor vetoed it - a veto some now believe may be void. "This will certainly be...

4/8/2015

article Tribes unhappy with veto of bill to ban historic horse racing machines
(Idaho) -- Unhappy with Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter's veto of the repeal of historical horse racing machines legislation, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe has...

4/7/2015

article Idaho Gov. Otter vetoes instant racing ban bill, Senate override fails
(Idaho) -- Gov. Butch Otter on Monday revealed his veto of a ban on instant racing betting machines in Idaho, and within hours the Senate failed to override the veto....
article Special investigator to look at instant horse racing machines
(Idaho) -- A special investigator will soon be looking at instant horse racing machines to make sure they're in line with the law. Governor Otter has asked the...
article Les Bois Park: Bill to shut down historical-racing machines vetoed
(Idaho) -- Historical-racing machines at Les Bois Park in Boise, Idaho, will remain operational due to a veto by Gov. Butch Otter on Monday of a bill that would have...

4/6/2015

article 'Instant Racing' Helped Otter Campaign
(Idaho) -- As lawmakers await word from Gov. Butch Otter on a possible veto of SB 1011, the bill to repeal “instant racing” in Idaho – which led to...
article Idaho Gov. Otter vetoes instant racing ban bill, but will it stand?
(Idaho) -- Gov. Butch Otter Monday revealed his veto of a ban on instant racing betting machines in Idaho amid questions over whether his weekend-long delay in...
article Idaho Gov. Vetoes Repeal of Instant Racing
(Idaho) -- Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has vetoed legislation that would have made roughly 250 Instant Racing betting machines illegal. But Otter did put a...
article Senate fails to override Otter's veto on instant racing
(Idaho) -- The Idaho Senate failed to override Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's veto on legislation that would have made roughly 250 slot-like betting machines in...
article Senate fails to override Otter's veto on instant racing
(Idaho) -- The Idaho Senate failed to override Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's veto on legislation that would have made roughly 250 slot-like betting machines in...

4/3/2015

article Otter to delay announcing instant racing decision
(Idaho) -- Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter will wait until Monday to announce his decision on whether he has signed legislation seeking to repeal lucrative slot-like...

4/2/2015

article Protests, lobbying while opponents of instant racing ban await action by governor
(Idaho) -- Forgive the metaphor, but it’s a real horse race as to whether Gov. Butch Otter will sign or veto a ban on historical horse racing terminals passed last...

3/28/2015

article Passing of bill could mean lights out for one Post Falls business
(Idaho) -- Governor Otter's signature is all that's keeping the lights on for one Post Falls business. On Thursday the Idaho House voted to approve the repeal of...

3/27/2015

article 'Instant Horse Racing' Repeal Heads To Idaho Governor's Desk
(Idaho) -- A bill that would repeal so-called “instant horse racing” in Idaho is headed to the governor’s desk. The Idaho House voted 49-21 Thursday to...
article CdA Tribe praises House vote, Treasure Valley Racing urges veto
(Idaho) -- Chief Allan, chairman of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, has issued a statement praising the House’s 49-21 vote today to repeal instant racing, while...
article Idaho Repeals Instant Horse Racing Bill, Tribes Praise Legislature
(Idaho) -- On March 26, the Idaho House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 1011 by a vote of 49-21. That bill had been introduced by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe...
article Plan to ban instant horse racing in Idaho heads to governor
(Idaho) -- The state House voted Thursday to repeal a law allowing roughly 200 slot-like betting machines in Idaho and sent the measure to the governor even though the...
article Tribe Lauds 'Instant Racing' Repeal
(Idaho) -- Today the Idaho State House of Representatives considered Senate Bill 1011, the bill introduced by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe which would repeal instant...
article Idaho instant horse racing ban awaits Otter's signature
(Idaho) -- A bill that would ban profitable instant horse racing machines is now on the governor's desk after passing the Idaho House of Representatives Thursday...

3/26/2015

article 'Instant Horse Racing' Repeal Heads To Idaho Governor's Desk
(Idaho) -- A bill that would repeal so-called “instant horse racing” in Idaho is headed to the governor’s desk. The Idaho House voted 49-21 Thursday to...
article House passes instant-racing repeal bill 49-21, sends it to Otter
(Idaho) -- The House has voted 49-21 in favor of SB 1011, the bill to repeal instant racing in Idaho, sending the repeal bill to Gov. Butch Otter. The bill earlier...
article Idaho Leg votes to kills historic horse race machines, possibly kills horse racing
(Idaho) -- Today, the Idaho House of Representatives voted 49-21 to send a bill to the governor repealing the law that legalized "historical horse race"...
article Instant racing debate: 'An obviously struggling industry,' 'Makes me sick,' 'Acted like slot machines'
(Idaho) -- Here are some of the comments from the House debate on SB 1011, the bill to repeal “instant racing” in Idaho:
article Instant racing debate: 'Not a slot machine,' 'Interrupted due process,' 'Did this meet legislative intent?'
(Idaho) -- From the instant racing repeal debate in the House: Rep. Caroline Troy, R-Genesee, said, “I believe that the issue is with the machines, and that it is...
article Plan to Ban Instant Horse Racing in Idaho Heads to Gov
(Idaho) -- The state House voted Thursday to repeal a law allowing roughly 200 slot-like betting machines in Idaho and sent the measure to the governor even though the...
article Legislature Kills 'Instant Horse Racing' Gambling, Bill Heads to Governor
(Idaho) -- The Idaho House pulled the plug on hundreds of controversial gambling devices Thursday, March 26, which it said were legal only two years ago. Dubbed "...

3/25/2015

article Delay in instant racing repeal vote prompts House debate
(Idaho) -- In an unusual move today, House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, asked to delay another day on the vote on SB 1011, the bill to repeal “instant...

3/23/2015

article Les Bois Park issues layoff notice, warns of shutdown if instant racing repeal passes
(Idaho) -- Treasure Valley Racing, the company that operates the Les Bois Park racetrack, today issued a formal notice under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining...
article Les Bois Park threatens closure if historical horse racing ban passes
(Idaho) -- Management at Les Bois Park announces if the Idaho Senate passes SB 1011, banning historical horse racing terminals in the state, the park will permanently...

3/19/2015

article 'Instant Racing' Pulls Idaho Lawmakers Between Pro-Business, Moral Views
(Idaho) -- Several hundred gambling devices in Idaho would become illegal under a bill now headed to the House floor. The repeal has been a particularly tough issue for...
article Greyhound Park operator: Historical racing machines are same as tribes' machines, regulate them alike
(Idaho) -- Doug Okunewicz, general manager for Coeur d’Alene Racing, which operates the Greyhound Park Event Center, said of the bill, “I think it’s...
article Historical horse racing ban clears House panel
(Idaho) -- Having cleared the Senate, the House State Affairs Committee also okayed the bill that would outlaw historical horse racing in Idaho.
article House State Affairs Committee Kills Proposal for Idaho Gaming Commission; Moves to Repeal Historic Horse Racing Law
(Idaho) -- The topic of historical horse racing once again surfaced at the Statehouse—this time, on March 19, it came up in the House State Affairs Committee....
article Idaho House panel endorses repeal of instant racing
(Idaho) -- Legislation that would ban Idaho's lucrative slot-like betting machines, known as instant horse racing terminals, has only one more hurdle to clear before...
article Rep. Perry: Gaming commission 'a much better solution' than banning instant racing
(Idaho) -- Rep. Christy Perry, R-Nampa, is presenting HB 279, the bill to create a new state Gaming Commission to oversee horse racing, the state lottery and Indian...
article ‘Instant racing’ repeal clears House committee, 15-2
(Idaho) -- Idaho lawmakers shot down a plan for a new state Gaming Commission on Thursday, and instead advanced to the full House a proposal to ban “instant racing...

3/18/2015

article US Historical Racing: an instant win?
(USA) -- At the end of the 1990s, Eric Jackson, general manager of Oaklawn Park racetrack in Arkansas, conceived the idea of historical race wagering (also called...

3/13/2015

article Committee wraps testimony on instant horse racing repeal
(Idaho) -- Since the Idaho Legislature legalized instant horse racing two years ago, Jim and Melissa Bernard have invested millions of dollars in their Idaho Falls...
article Opinion: Horse racing businesses are owed due process
(Idaho) -- Credit the Coeur d’Alene Tribe with cleverness. It took me a while to realize exactly what the tribe was up to with its Senate Bill 1011, but now I know...

3/12/2015

article 'Instant racing' manufacturer says tracks that can't get slot machines all want instant racing
(Idaho) -- Louis Cella of Oaklawn Park in Arkansas and Race Tech LLC, the manufacturer of the “instant racing” machines now in use in Idaho, started off his...
article Trumpet Starts Gambling Hearing
(Idaho) -- House State Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, played a trumpet flourish like that heard at the start of a horse race to open today’s...

3/9/2015

article Idaho lawmakers say they were duped on instant horse racing
(Idaho) -- Idaho lawmakers are considering whether to repeal instant betting machines, just two years after the lucrative terminals sailed through the Legislature with...

2/19/2015

article OP/ED: Legislature’s vote on horse racing endangers jobs
(Idaho) -- Here’s why what happens in Boise is so important—and so scary: Right now, legislators are deciding, quite literally, whether dozens of employees...

2/18/2015

article Senators vote to repeal instant horse racing
(Idaho) -- Idaho senators who say they were duped into approving cleverly disguised slot machines two years ago pushed back Tuesday by voting 25-9 to repeal all instant...

2/17/2015

article Idaho Senate passes ‘instant racing’ repeal bill, sends it to House
(Idaho) -- After a 90-minute debate that stretched through the noon hour, the Idaho Senate has voted 25-9 in favor of repealing so-called “instant racing” in...
article Idaho Senate Votes to Repeal Historic Horse Racing, Sends It to House of Representatives
(Idaho) -- The debate on historical horse racing appeared before the Idaho Senate once again this morning as a bill to repeal the original law allowing historical horse...
article Instant horse racing repeal bill advances in Senate
(Idaho) -- Idaho senators who say they were duped into approving cleverly disguised slot machines two years ago pushed back Tuesday by voting 25-9 to repeal all instant...
article Les Bois Park chief blasts Senate vote, says gambling machines are legal
(Idaho) -- John Sheldon, president of Treasure Valley Racing, operator of Les Bois Park just west of Boise, issued a statement this afternoon in response to the Senate...

2/16/2015

article BLOG: Idaho Tribes And Community Leaders Seek To Limit "Instant Racing" Gaming Machines
(Idaho) -- A popular and profitable form of gaming has sparked a controversy in Idaho between the state’s Indian tribes and horse racetracks. "Instant Racing...
article OP/ED: Historical horse racing means jobs for many Idahoans
(Idaho) -- Here’s why what happens in Boise is so important — and so scary: right now legislators are deciding, quite literally, whether dozens of employees...

2/14/2015

article Officials face busy week / Legislators looking at instant racing, concealed weapons
(Idaho) -- Big issues were gaining traction in the Idaho Legislature this past week, and local legislators are expecting the coming week to get busier. "Our State...

2/13/2015

article Senate committee OKs bill repealing instant racing
(Idaho) -- The Senate State Affairs Committee on Wednesday voted 8 to 1 to pass a bill repealing instant horse racing in Idaho. "I cannot escape the fact that these...
article New firm says it's entering the 'historical horse racing' market and offers options for Idaho
(Idaho) -- A Florida company announced today that it’s entering the “historical horse racing” business as a competitor to the current provider of...

2/12/2015

article Despite opposition, Senate panel advances measure to repeal instant horse racing
(Idaho) -- After public testimony ran almost 3-to-1 against a bill aimed at deleting the 2013 state law that opened the starting gates to instant horse racing in Idaho,...
article Instant racing repeal bill heads to Senate
(Idaho) -- State lawmakers decided to move forward with legislation with banning instant horse racing machines, believing they looked and acted too much like slot...
article Legality of tribes’ gaming machines questioned
(Idaho) -- Four North Idaho legislators are questioning the legality of a large number of gaming machines in tribal casinos in Idaho. The letter, sent Monday to Idaho...
article Nonini & Co Challenge Machines
(Idaho) -- With feelings running high over “instant racing” in Idaho, two 80-somethings nearly came to blows in a Statehouse hallway Wednesday after a Senate...
article Guest Opinion: Let's call a slot machine a slot machine, not 'historical racing'
(Idaho) -- Here are three points to know about slots in Idaho: 1. The Idaho Constitution bans imitations of slot machines, not just slot machines.

2/11/2015

article Idaho Senate Panel Votes To Repeal ‘Instant Racing’
(Idaho) -- A panel in the Idaho Senate voted Wednesday to undo the 2013 decision that allowed so-called “instant horse racing” machines. Lawmakers now say...
article Nonini, 3 other North Idaho lawmakers charge that tribal casinos may be conducting illegal gaming
(Idaho) -- Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, along with three other North Idaho lawmakers, has sent a letter to the director of the Idaho State Lottery charging...
article Senate panel votes to repeal instant racing, Nonini charges that CdA Casino gaming may be illegal
(Idaho) -- Here's a link to my full story at spokesman.com on today's Senate committee vote to repeal the 2013 law that authorized betting on "historical...
article Testimony: 'The appearance of a machine does not change its function'
(Idaho) -- In continuing testimony this morning on SB 1011, the bill to repeal instant racing in Idaho: Yvonne “Sam” Sandmire told the senators, “I...

2/10/2015

article Fort Hall leader backs bill to repeal instant horse racing
(Idaho) -- The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Southeastern Idaho support legislation to repeal a 2013 state law that paved the way for instant horse racing in Idaho, Fort...
article Senate committee hears instant racing testimony
(Idaho) -- The Idaho Senate today passed a resolution honoring Idaho jockey Gary Stevens for his many accomplishments both on and off the horse track. The Caldwell-...

2/7/2015

article Bill puts instant racing on the line in Idaho
(Idaho) -- Less than a year out of the starting gate, lawmakers already are considering legislation to rein in a form of gambling on historical horse races.
article Legislation hopes to find compromise in historic racing machine debate
(Idaho) -- Historic horse racing machines have taken center stage in the Idaho Senate and on Friday, a bill was brought up to put a hold on any expansion.
article New bill would limit, not ban instant horse racing terminals
(Idaho) -- A northern Idaho lawmaker is off to the races after proposing new legislation that would limit Idaho's lucrative slot-like machines known as instant horse...
article Texas lawmakers fire back against racing commission
(Texas) -- Texas Racing Commissioners last year approved a controversial plan to allow historical racing — the replaying of past races on devices that sound and...

1/28/2015

article When a Horse Isn't a Horse: Gambling machines help Idaho's racing industries limp along — but maybe not for long
(Idaho) -- Near tracts of vacant Post Falls outlet malls, three cherries — synonymous with slot machines ever since slots gave out fruit-flavored chewing gum a century...
article Idaho racing head lobbies in Wyoming
(Idaho) -- Idaho Racing Commission Director Frank Lamb told lawmakers last week that he is not a "cheerleader" for instant horse racing because his agency...
article Repeal of instant racing law would penalize businesses
(Idaho) -- As the Legislature considers repealing a 2013 law, Jim Bernard has one question: Why are business owners bearing the brunt of the impact when legislators didn...

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