- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has granted approval for Turfway Park to install at least 250 historical racing wagering machines.

The commission okayed the plan Tuesday, making the Florence racetrack the fourth track in Kentucky approved and paving the way for expanded gambling options there, local media outlets reported.

The machines allow gamblers to bet on unidentified recorded horse races that may be years old. The devices would be put in a 10,000-square-foot gaming area that would be built at the park.

If track owner Detroit-based Rock Gaming pursues the project, it would be the biggest upgrade to the facility in more than a decade, General Manager Chip Bach said.

“It’s another opportunity to improve our racing product,” Bach said.

Still, Rock Gaming officials aren’t committing to the plan and may not pursue the project.

“Right now, there is no timeline - we’re still evaluating,” spokeswoman Gayle Joseph said. “If we move forward, we will invest in it.”

The racing commission had planned to vote on whether to issue the state’s ninth and final racetrack license to Keeneland, but Floyd Circuit Judge Johnny Ray Harris granted a temporary restraining order Tuesday to Floyd County and Appalachian Racing, which owns the harness track in Prestonsburg.

Keeneland had sought to buy the Prestonsburg license and move it to Corbin, but last month Keeneland requested the unassigned license instead.

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