BOISE -- The odds just improved on a bill allowing betting on historical horse racing at three tracks in Idaho, after the measure cleared the House.

Representatives voted 58-12 Monday for the bill, sponsored by Idaho's horse racing groups as a means of boosting revenue they say will help save their industry.

According to the measure, spectators at three tracks in Boise, Idaho Falls and Coeur d'Alene could wager on unidentified races run in the past, via terminals loaded with tens of thousands of historical races.

Foes including Rep. Pete Nielsen of Mountain Home objected to the measure, saying it wasn't appropriate to expand gambling in Idaho.

Proponents said the Legislature needs to do what it can to help give a boost to a proud industry

The Senate must now weigh in.

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