Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


April 14, 2013

A risky move

Racing commission adds more instant games at track

ASHLAND — In its continuing efforts to further expand the limits of legal gambling in the state, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved four new games and 40 additional machines at the controversial Instant Racing Parlor at Kentucky Downs near Kentucky’s border with Tennessee in Franklin. It is a risky business that challenges the limits on gambling established by the Kentucky Constitution.

Even one racing commission member — Ned Bonnie — said the new games seem to be “moving away from historic races.”

The issue is an important one. State law bans wagering that is not pari-mutual, but because gambling on the Instant Racing games are based on the results of historic races, the commission contends betting on Instant Racing results is pari-mutuel and not banned by the state constitution.

That interpretation is being challenged in the courts, but in the meantime, Instant Racing Parlors now are operating at Kentucky Downs and at Ellis Park in Henderson. Tennessee’s statewide ban against all types of gambling makes Kentucky Downs a particularly appealing location for a gambling parlor, while Ellis Park faces stiff competition from a riverboat casino a few miles away in Evansville, Ind.

Commission Chairman Bob Beck said an expert reviewed the four new games and found them to be pari-mutuel, but Bonnie remained unconvinced. However, instead of voting against the new games, Bonnie abstained from voting.

We are not opposed to expanded gambling at racetracks where gambling already is a way of life, but we would be a lot more comfortable with what the commission is doing at Kentucky Downs and Ellis Park if the Kentucky General Assembly had approved a bill allowing the new forms of gambling at racetracks or, better yet, if Kentuckians had been given the opportunity to vote for or against expanded gambling.

Text Only
  • More difficult

    In a state like Kentucky with the number of adults who have not graduated from high school is much higher than the national average, undereducated adults have been encouraged to earn high-school equivalency degrees by studying for, taking and passing the General Educational Development (GED) test.

    May 22, 2014

  • Primary election sends messages

    The voters — or at least the minority who took the time to go to the polls Tuesday — have spoken, with Boyd County voters sending mixed messages in the county-wide races that gathered the most attention.

    May 21, 2014

  • Click it or Ticket

    "Click it or Ticket” is a phrase used so often in recent years most of us hardly give it a thought.

    May 21, 2014

  • Top trooper

    Thumbs up to Trooper First Class Shane Goodall of Flatwoods for being named 2013 Trooper of the Year for Kentucky.

    May 20, 2014

  • 05/18/2014 — This Week in the Tri-State

    Local news

    May 18, 2014

  • 0518greene.jpeg Greene-Lounsberry

    John and Eva Greene of Greenup are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Stacey Nicole Greene, to Jonathan Wesley Lounsberry.

    May 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Business grant

    Morehead State graduate student Kayla Keeton, who received her undergraduate degree from MSU last spring and is now studying for her MBA at the school, has received a $5,111 grant from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development to help her start Belles of the Bluegrass, a high-tech wedding planning business.

    May 16, 2014

  • Recovery Fest celebrates kicking addiction

    The wet weather no doubt impacted the size of the crowd at Saturday’s Recovery Fest 2014 at Veterans Riverfront Park in Ashland, but there were plenty of reasons for addicts who are now drug free to celebrate and for speakers like State Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, and others to talk about the impact the prescription drug epidemic has had on this region and for others to distribute literature and offer words of encouragement that could convince some to seek help in their battle with their drug addictions.

    May 13, 2014

  • McGinnis great choice for ACTC keynote speaker

    Dr. Dwayne McGinnis will be the keynote speaker at Friday night’s Ashland Community and Technical College’s graduation ceremonies, and we can’t think of a better person to inspire graduates to go beyond the degrees they will earn from ACTC. After all, that is exactly what McGinnis did.

    May 5, 2014

  • Aiding classmates

    May 5, 2014

Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
SEC Zone