Kentucky Governor Reiterates Calls To Support Sports Wagering, Historical Horse Racing

During Thursday’s State of the Commonwealth and Budget address from the governor’s mansion, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear reiterated his support for both sports wagering and historical horse racing.

“Speaking of laws that unduly restrict us from growth and innovation,” Gov. Beshear said, “it is time to legalize medical marijuana, pass sports betting, and save historic horse racing.”

While Gov. Beshear’s remarks on the subject were brief this Thursday, he has long been a supporter of both historical horse racing and sports wagering. The former has come under fire, however, due to a Kentucky Supreme Court decision last September which declared at least one version of historical horse racing terminal to not constitute pari-mutuel wagering, and thus to be illegal.

In response to the state’s Supreme Court ruling, Churchill Downs has halted major construction projects at both it’s Louisville, Ky. flagship track and at the recently-purchased Turfway Park in Florence, Ky.

In mid-December, during a virtual legislative preview conference, Gov. Beshear urged lawmakers to legalize historical horse racing in support of Kentucky jobs and the over $21 million it contributes to the state’s budget.

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