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Attorney Seeks In-Court Demonstration Of Instant Racing


A Franklin Circuit judge has heard arguments over whether a slot-machine type of horse racing game can be demonstrated in court.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Stan Cave, an attorney for the plaintiffs, the Family Foundation of Kentucky, urged Judge Thomas Wingate on Wednesday to order that a demonstration take place.

The Family Foundation of Kentucky is challenging the legality of Instant Racing, where people bet on the outcome of an old horse race without knowing which contest they are betting on. Kentucky Downs in Franklin and Ellis Park in Henderson each offer the game.

The racetracks and the state opposed Cave's motion. Attorney William Hoskins says Cave is trying to mislead the court by emphasizing that the machines look like slot machines — a fact that Hoskins says is irrelevant.

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