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October 2, 2014, 1:27 am
970 WMAY News

Deal Ensures Illinois Bettors Can Wager On Kentucky Derby


It was a close call, but Illinois bettors will still be able to wager on this weekend’s Kentucky Derby. 

 

Kentucky horsemen had threatened to block transmission of the legendary horse race to Illinois off-track-betting parlors because of a contract dispute between racetracks and the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association.  But a new contract has been reached just in time to ensure that the race will be available to Illinois horse-racing fans. 

 

The deal is also good news for the state, which could have lost more than 130-thousand-dollars in betting revenue if the race had been blocked.

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