Churchill Downs Texas Lawsuit Complaint

For years, relations between the racing industry and the Texas Racing Commission have been governed by an unspoken but implicit understanding: Under the U.S. Constitution, states may ban all wagering on horse races altogether—but they may not authorize wagering on terms that effectively favor in-state over out-of-state tracks. Indeed, it is only because the Commission has dutifully declined to enforce unconstitutionally discriminatory laws—quarter-century-old state laws that would otherwise require persons wishing to bet on a horse race to do so in person, to the obvious detriment of out-of-state tracks and their in-state customers—that Texans have been able to wager on out-of-state races by telephone or on the Internet since the 1990s.

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