Churchill Downs' future will include historical wagering

Published: Jun. 20, 2017 at 6:35 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 20, 2017 at 8:46 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved Churchill Downs' request to add historical wagering to its menu of entertainment options.

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Historical wagering is also known as instant racing. It's pretty similar to a slot machine, where bettors wager on a previously decided horse race. A player makes his pick before the race is revealed, so it's more of a luck game than skill.

Some of the machines have names like "Gold Rush" or "Seven Sevens."

The KHRC approved Churchill's request to make a $60 million investment to add the wagering machines to its old Trackside facility on Poplar Level Road. Historical wagering will not be available at Churchill's main facility.

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Churchill Downs President Kevin Flanery said at the announcement Tuesday that the move will strengthen Kentucky's thoroughbred industry, and will create 250 construction jobs -- 100 of them full-time once the project is complete, WAVE 3 News' Kasey Cunningham reported.

Kentucky Downs was the first track in the state to get historical wagering in 2011.

Since then, the machines have generated almost $2 billion in revenue.

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