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Horse Racing Commission Approves Instant Racing at Kentucky Downs

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved the first expanded gambling games at a state horse track.Kentucky Downs in western Kentucky wants to implement the game in which gamblers bet on old horse races without names of the horses, jockeys and trainers using slot-like devices. The game is known as Instant Racing at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas, where it has been a strong moneymaker since it began a decade ago.Kentucky Downs President Corey Johnsen said the track plans to invest $3 million and hire 85 workers to implement the game. The commission approved the request by a voice vote with no opposition.The devices could possibly be in operation when the Franklin track near the Tennessee border begins its meet Sept. 10.From the Associated Press