Another wrinkle in the ongoing debate over so-called "historical horse racing" surfaced Monday morning at the Idaho statehouse.
The 2013 edition of the Idaho Legislature voted to approve the use of instant racing machines, which show videos of previously run horse races and allow betters to bet on the race without revealing the horses or racetrack names. But when operators of the Les Bois racetrack in Garden City revealed that they were prepared to install as many as 200 instant racing machines as early as this Spring, some legislators decided to keep the horses in the gate.
The House State Affairs Committee voted to reject proposed rules for the instant gaming while the Senate State Affairs Committee approved the rules. And until the two sides of the Idaho Legislature can hammer out an agreement, historical horse racing remains in the paddock.
And this morning, Boise Republican Rep. Lynn Luker stood before the Idaho State Affairs Committee to propose a bill that, if historical horse racing does indeed happen, would require all betting be cash-only.
"Quite simply, this is the exact language that is in current horse racing rules," said Luker.
Meanwhile, Treasure Valley Racing, which operates Les Bois said it was planning to expand its operations to seven days a week and still hopes to install the 200 historical horse racing machines "to provide sufficient revenue streams."