The Family Foundation has reversed course and is opposing a move to take its appeal of the historical racing ruling straight to the state Supreme Court.
In a brief filed with the Supreme Court in Frankfort on Monday, the conservative advocacy group said it is contesting the attempt by the state's eight racetracks and two state agencies to bypass the Kentucky Court of Appeals.
In December, Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ruled that the state could regulate betting on previously run races. The Family Foundation has appealed that ruling.
"This case has nothing to do with horse farms, breeders, trainers and those agrarian traditions Kentuckians hold dear," said Stan Cave, attorney for the Family Foundation. "Instead, this case is about raw power, gambling and avarice."
In the brief, Cave argued that, while the tracks were telling the public and the courts that time was of the essence, they were stalling a review by the legislature's committee that deals with regulations.