The Blood-Horse's Frank Angst reported Thursday that Churchill Downs Inc.'s new facility, Derby City Gaming, faces fines over the operation of its historical horse racing machines, and may see the machines shut down.
In a later sent to CDI last week, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission levied a significant fine for what it says is the improper use of scratched horses in the races and payouts played on the machines. The fine is $1,000 per day of operation, which roughly equals $50,000.
The Kentucky commission is continuing to investigate the situation, and may require the shutdown of the machines if it determines the use of scratched horses puts the user at a disadvantage.
Although historical racing machines look a lot like slots, they use actual race results to determine winning numbers and utilize a parimutuel formula to determine payout, which is why the use of scratched entries has the potential to impact results.
Derby City Gaming opened on Poplar Level Road in Louisville in mid-September and contains 900 historical horse racing machines, according to its website.
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CORRECTION: The original version of this article misidentified the name of Bloodhorse.com writer Frank Angst.
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