The Idaho Racing Commission has suspended an eastern Idaho's horse racing track's license to operate lucrative off-track “instant racing” betting terminals, but track officials say they will continue to remain open while the order is appealed. The Post Register (http://bit.ly/1ENeA5D ) reports that a commission hearing officer found that Double Down Betting Bar & Grill in Idaho Falls failed to obtain proper approval from the Bonneville County Commission to operate an off-track betting parlor, as required by state law. Double Down has 28 days to appeal the decision, after which the ruling becomes final; there’s a full report here from the AP and the Post Register.
Double Down is one of three locations in the state now operating the slot machine-like terminals; the other two are the Greyhound Park Event Center in Post Falls, which has 35 of them, and Les Bois Park just west of Boise, which has more than 100. A case currently pending before the Idaho Supreme Court questions the validity of Gov. Butch Otter's veto of legislation this year to ban the terminals.