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Kentucky Court Of Appeals: Absolute Insurer Rule Is Constitutional; Kitten’s Point Medication DQ Upheld

The Kentucky Court of Appeals on Friday reversed a lower court decision that had overturned a positive drug test and rendered horse racing’s absolute insurer rule unconstitutional in Kentucky. Court of Appeal Judges Gene Smallwood, Debra Lambert and Sara Combs sided with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission in a case centered around Kitten’s Point, first-place […]

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Kentucky Judge Rules Historical Racing Is Legal Pari-Mutuel Wagering

An eight-year court battle over the legality of historical racing machines in Kentucky may at long last be over. On Wednesday, Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. Wingate ruled that wagering on historical racing machines developed by Exacta Systems (formerly Encore Gaming) was, in fact, pari-mutuel wagering as defined by Kentucky law. The Exacta Systems […]

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Finley: Franklin Circuit Court Decision Allows For ‘Common-Sense Judgements’

On Aug. 18, Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate overruled the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on the suspension and fine of trainer Graham Motion for a methocarbamol overage in 2015. Judge Wingate declared that the absolute insurer rule is unconstitutional, and Bill Finley strongly agreed with the ruling in an op/ed for thoroughbreddailynews.com. Motion-trained filly Kitten’s […]

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Instant Racing passes in Kentucky

Kentucky circuit court judge Thomas Wingate ruled in favor of the draft regulations for Instant Racing. The major question at hand was whether historical races could be considered pari-mutuel wagering and doesn’t conflict with statutory prohibitions on gambling in Kentucky. Additionally, the judgement backed up the claim by the Department of Revenue that historical races […]

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