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The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved the first expanded gambling games at a state horse track.

Kentucky Downs in western Kentucky wants to implement the game in which gamblers bet on old horse races without names of the horses, jockeys and trainers using slot-like devices. The game is known as Instant Racing at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas, where it has been a strong moneymaker since it began a decade ago.

Kentucky Downs President Corey Johnsen said the track plans to invest $3 million and hire 85 workers to implement the game. The commission approved the request by a voice vote with no opposition.

The devices could possibly be in operation when the Franklin track near the Tennessee border begins its meet Sept. 10.

From the Associated Press