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From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says instant racing, a slot machine form of gambling on randomly selected horse races already run, is legal in the commonwealth.

However, Conway says adopting the games would require re-writing the state’s racing rules.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, who supports expanded gambling, says he won’t encourage Gov. Steve Beshear to pursue the games.

“If the governor could allow instant racing, then why couldn’t the governor allow slot machines at race tracks?” says Stumbo.

The attorney general’s opinion was requested by Republican Senator Damon Thayer of Georgetown. Thayer is also sponsoring a constitutional amendment in the current legislative session to allow video slot machines in counties that already have horse tracks.