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KHRC unanimously approves CDI request to purchase Turfway Park; details, renderings revealed

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) Tuesday unanimously approved a Change of Control Request that will allow Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) to purchase Turfway Park. The request was supported by Jack Ohio LLC, an affiliate of JACK Entertainment LLC (“JACK”) and Hard Rock International. The Turfway Park Grandstand as it exists today is seen in the top...

Casino.org reports big increase (85%-plus) in total handle for instant racing at Kentucky’s four venues

The total handle for instant racing in Kentucky jumped more than 85 percent in the 2019 fiscal year ending June 30, reports Steve Bittenbender for Casino.org. Bittenbender attributes the growth in large part to the addition of Churchill Downs-owned Derby City Gaming in Louisville but notes that the Kentucky Downs in Franklin generates the most revenue of the state’s four betting parlors. The...

Commonwealth Policy Center calls for legislature to hold hearings on instant racing, questions legality

The Commonwealth Policy Center called on the state legislature this week to hold hearings on the legality of instant racing machines and asked for public input on expanded gambling. The move comes on the heels of Attorney General Andy Beshear’s public urging of state legislators to legalize casinos and sports betting. It also stems from the announcement by Churchill Downs and Keeneland to open...

Richard Nelson: Instant racing expansion will be a bust — pie-in-the-sky promises, economic bad bet

Churchill Downs and Keeneland announced a partnership to expand gambling into eastern and western Kentucky and promised they’ll “create hundreds of new jobs, stimulate economic growth and generate funds to increase purses and breeder incentives.” But if the deal ends up like so many communities lured by casino interests’ pie in the sky promises, the economic gains are a bad...

Additional regulations on historical racing are 'imperative,' state lawmakers told

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission wants to implement additional regulations on historical racing even though a legal challenge to betting on replays of horse races remains unresolved.   “Is there nothing odd about promulgating regulations … before the case is resolved?” Rep. David Floyd, R-Bardstown, said during a meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Licensing and Occupations.   Racing...

Capitol Notes: Senate measure increases general fund revenues by more than $20M

Revenue measure clears Senate: After approving a state budget plan, the Kentucky Senate Tuesday amended and passed a measure that would increase general fund revenues by more than $20 million in the next biennium.   Most of the revenue increases would come from provisions relating to waste tire fees and the sale of abandoned property that were also included in the House-approved plan. House...

Commentary: When gambling becomes more than an entertaining diversion, no one wins

By Michael R. Stone Special to KyForward   Gambling can become an addiction, according to the American Psychiatric Association, when it causes disruption in any major area of life: psychological, physical, social, vocational, spiritual or emotional. The good news is gambling addiction can be prevented and treated.   It is fitting March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month. This month,...