BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A company that operates a now-closed horse racing track in Boise spent more than $1.3 million in an effort to get so-called “historical horse racing” on the November ballot.
The Idaho Press-Tribune reports Treasure Valley Racing LLC was the only donor listed on the Committee to Save Idaho Horse Racing, Create Jobs, and Fund Public Schools’ campaign finance reports filed with the Idaho Secretary of State’s office this week.
The committee’s initiative seeks to legalize “historical horse racing,” in which bettors use slot machine-like terminals to place bets on randomly selected past horse races. The machines are also called “instant racing terminals,” and hundreds of them were installed at three locations across Idaho after the state legislature authorized them in 2013.
Two years later, however, lawmakers decided the machines looked too much like slot machines, and they repealed the law.
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It’s not yet clear whether the committee has gathered enough signatures to qualify as an initiative on the November ballot.
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