Instant racing machines in Lexington's first legal gambling parlor at Red Mile in Lexington, Ky., Thursday, September 12, 2015. The 902 slots-like instant racing machines were added as part of a $42 million renovation of the historic harness racing track in a joint venture between Red Mile and Keeneland. They also share simulcasting rooms upstairs. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff
Instant racing machines in Lexington's first legal gambling parlor at Red Mile in Lexington, Ky., Thursday, September 12, 2015. The 902 slots-like instant racing machines were added as part of a $42 million renovation of the historic harness racing track in a joint venture between Red Mile and Keeneland. They also share simulcasting rooms upstairs. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff Herald-Leader
Instant racing machines in Lexington's first legal gambling parlor at Red Mile in Lexington, Ky., Thursday, September 12, 2015. The 902 slots-like instant racing machines were added as part of a $42 million renovation of the historic harness racing track in a joint venture between Red Mile and Keeneland. They also share simulcasting rooms upstairs. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff Herald-Leader

Tom Eblen: At the Red Mile, horse racing evolves into something that looks like a casino

September 26, 2015 05:40 PM

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Tom Eblen is a columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader who writes about life, people and issues in Lexington and Kentucky. A Lexington native, Eblen was the Herald-Leader's managing editor from 1998 to 2008.