Court de­nies rac­ing slots pa­tent ap­peal

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Matt Hegarty

A fed­eral ap­peals court has up­held a lower court’s rul­ing throw­ing out al­le­ga­tions that an up­start maker of his­tor­i­cal rac­ing ma­chines in­fringed on the pa­tents of a com­peti­tor owned by The Stronach Group, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

The U.S. Court of Ap­peals for the Fed­eral Cir­cuit ruled Mon­day to up­hold the rul­ing last year of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Ken­tucky, with­out is­su­ing an opin­ion. The lower court had dis­missed al­le­ga­tions made in a law­suit that Ex­acta Sys­tems, which was founded in 2013, had in­fringed on three pa­tents held by RaceTech, a his­tor­i­cal-rac­ing ma­chine man­u­fac­turer and op­er­a­tor that was bought by The Stronach Group last year.

His­tor­i­cal-rac­ing ma­chines use the re­sults of pre­vi­ously run horse races to de­ter­mine pay­outs. The ma­chines are de­signed to re­sem­ble slot ma­chines, and they are in use at race­tracks in Arkansas, Ken­tucky, Ore­gon, and Wyoming.

Richard Bro­phy, who rep­re­sented RaceTech’s po­si­tion in the suit, did not im­me­di­ately re­turn a phone call.

The suit was touched off in 2015 af­ter Ken­tucky Downs reached an agree­ment with Ex­acta Sys­tems to use their ma­chines in a par­lor at the track. Ex­acta Sys­tems, which was pre­vi­ously known as En­core Gam­ing, was founded by Ray Reid, a part­ner in Ken­tucky Downs. The com­pany was later tabbed by El­lis Park to in­stall its ma­chines at the track’s gam­bling par­lor, re­plac­ing RaceTech.

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