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Kentucky Downs makes over half-million dollars on instant racing

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- In less than a week, Kentucky Downs has raked in more than a half-million dollars, thanks to new gaming machines.  That's as a judge denied a request for an emergency injunction that would have idled them.  Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Glenn E. Acree issued that ruling Thursday.

The 197 new instant racing machines started taking bets last Thursday. Kentucky Downs President Corey Johnson said the track took in more than $594,000 over a five-day period.

The Kentucky Family Foundation had essentially asked the Court of Appeals to shut down the machines. The request is part of an appeal to a lower court ruling last December that held the games to be legal.

Acree said the Family Foundation had failed to show that an immediate and irreparable injury. However, the judge went on to say that the harm alleged is substantial and that the alleged violation of criminal statutes is a matter of great concern.

The Franklin track is the only one in Kentucky to offer instant racing.  The gaming system was unveiled amid a legal battle in the state Court of Appeals.  The Family Foundation believes instant racing is the same as slot machines.

Click here for an earlier story on Kentucky Downs and instant racing

The machines are divided into six different games, from "Mad Money" to "Gold Rush," but all with the same premise -– players bet on races without knowing anything about the race until after they've wagered.

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