Expanded Gambling Coming To West Kentucky Horse track

Kentucky Downs in Franklin has all the pieces in place to debut the state’s first expanded gambling game at a horse track.

The track on the Kentucky-Tennessee border says it will start offering a game called “Instant Racing” on Thursday. It will show off the game to media Wednesday.

In instant racing, bettors place wagers on past horse races using slot-like devices that rebroadcast the races. It has been a moneymaker for Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., where the games were installed in 2000.

The Family Foundation of Kentucky, a longtime opponent of any type of expanded gaming, has appealed a Franklin County Circuit Court ruling that said the machines were legal under Kentucky law. The group has scheduled an afternoon news conference in Frankfort to discuss the issue.