BOISE -- The future of Idaho's horse racing is the sport of king's past, according to passionate horse racing aficionados aiming to change Idaho's wagering laws.

They convinced the House State Affairs Committee on Thursday to approve a bill allowing patrons at three Idaho tracks to bet on historical races.

Mark Buckley of the Idaho Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association said Idaho's struggling racing industry needs new opportunities to bring in money.

If the bill becomes law, 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 suggested the woes of Idaho's racing industry are more complicated than merely a dearth of opportunities for people to bet on the ponies.

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