Idaho Racing Commission Suspends Horse Track’s License
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Racing Commission has suspended an eastern Idaho's horse racing track's license to operate lucrative betting terminals, but track officials say they will continue to remain open while appealing the order.
The Post Register reports that a commission hearing officer found that Double Down Betting, Sports Bar and Grill failed to obtain proper approval from the Bonneville County Commission to operate an off-track betting parlor, as required by state law.
Co-owner Jim Bernard says he believes the betting parlor is allowed to continue operating instant horse racing terminals —which require a simulcast license— while appealing the commission's decision. Known as instant horse racing, the machines allow bettors to place wages on prior horse races with no identifiable information. Idaho lawmakers approved legalizing the machines in 2013.