The Family Foundation files to intervene in Instant Racing case
FRANKFORT,KY—A state family advocacy group opposed to expanded gambling filed a brief in Franklin Circuit Court today to intervene in what it calls a "one-sided case" filed by several horse tracks that would expand gambling in the state beyond the current legal limits.
"As it stands right now," said Martin Cothran, spokesman for The Family Foundation, "the court has a case before it in which only one side is being represented on a regulation that hasn't even been approved and which the public has had no chance to comment on. We realize the horse racing tracks have a lot of political power in this state, but this makes it look like we've just handed them the keys to state government and given them the run of the place."
The case involves what is called "Instant Racing," a mechanized form of gambling in which gamblers bet on films of old horse races. "This is just slot machines under another name," said Cothran. "It is a back-door attempt to do what the gambling industry failed to convince legislators to do during the last General Assembly session: allow wealthy horse tracks to bypass the Kentucky Constitution." The Constitution only allows betting on the State Lottery and on live horse racing.