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Racing Seasons:

Thoroughbred Races

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April 28 – August 13

Thursday and Friday Post Time: 5:30pm

Saturday and Sunday Post Time: 1:00pm

Racing through one or more turns on an oval track, Thoroughbred horses are bred to be the perfect union of speed and endurance.

Download a PDF of our full racing calendar.

Quarter Horse Races

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August 20 – October 15

Friday Post Time: 5:30pm

Saturday and Sunday Post Time: 1:00pm

With their rapid acceleration over short distances, Quarter Horses are the world-class sprinters of the equine world.

Download a PDF of our full racing calendar.

Featured Racing Events:

Race Sponsorships

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Race Sponsorships

Anyone can pay to sponsor a race. Benefits include having your name/photo displayed on the Big Screen, your name in racing program, a personal message read by the track announcer, and your picture in the winner’s circle. These are a great way to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, corporate outings and other special occasions. To sign up, click here.

*Requests must be submitted at least one week before desired race sponsorship date.

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Ones to Watch

Plan your weekend of simulcast race wagering with one of these major races from around the country.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does live horse racing season begin?

Our racetrack is open between April and October during the racing season.

Can I bring my child to the racetrack?

Children under 18 are welcome if accompanied by an adult. However, no one under the age of 21 is allowed to access the casino floor, located on Level 2.

How do you place a bet on a race?

Just follow these 5 easy steps:

  1. State the name of the track.
  2. Give the teller the number of the race you’re betting on.
  3. State the amount you wish to wager. ($2 is the minimum)
  4. Tell them the type of wager you’d like to make.
  5. Give them the number of the horse as listed in your program. Here’s an example: “Prairie Meadows, third race, two dollars, to win, on number five.”

What days do the horses race?

Thoroughbreds race Thursday – Sunday and Quarter Horses race Friday – Sunday.

Does Prairie Meadows charge for admission or parking?

Admission is free for all of our live horse racing events with both indoor and outdoor seating. Parking is also free and includes handicap spaces and valet parking—and for your convenience, a shuttle is accessible from the parking lot that will take you to the main entrance.

How do I pick a horse?

To keep it simple and easy, you may want to pick your favorite number or color, a name you like, or the horse you connect with. More advanced strategies include looking at things like bloodlines, past performances, and track conditions. The more times you wager, the more you’ll get to know these strategies.

I am interested in sponsoring a race. What does that include? How do I sponsor?

Anyone can pay to sponsor a race. Benefits include having your name/photo displayed on the Big Screen, your name in racing program, a personal message read by the track announcer, and your picture in the winner’s circle. These are a great way to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, corporate outings and other special occasions. To sign up, click here.

Where can I find information on race times?

You can view our racing calendar here for race days, post times, and special racing events occurring throughout the season here at Prairie Meadows!

What are the basic wagers you can make on a race?

A “Win” bet means you bet a horse to win, so you win if your horse finishes first. Making a “Place” bet means you win if your horse finishes first or second. When you bet a horse to “Show”, you win if your horse finishes first, second or third.

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Getting Started

The 2016 Live Thoroughbred Season is from April 28 through August 13.

The 2016 Live Quarter Horse Season is from August 20 through October 15.

The 2016 Full Season Racing Calendar

Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission Licensing

Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association

Iowa Quarter Horse Racing Association

Iowa HBPA

Horsemen’s Bookkeeper Wire Transfer Request – (Note: $14 processing charge for wire transfers)

Racing Personnel

Racing Department Contact Information

Derron Heldt

Director of Racing
(515) 967-8508

Pat Pope

Thoroughbred Racing Secretary
(515) 967-1204

Chad Keller

Quarter Horse Racing Secretary
(515) 957-3027

Martha Miller

Racing Administrative Assistant
(515) 967-1205

Jack Coady

Track Photographer
(515) 967-1381

Lori Thornburg

Horsemen’s Bookkeeper
(515) 967-1298

Quarter Horse Futurity/Derby Nomination Forms & Lists

Information on 2016 I.Q.H.R.A. & Prairie Meadows Quarter Horse Futurities and Derbies will be posted when available.

Please send nomination, sustaining, and late payments to I.Q.H.R.A. for the following races:

Please send nomination, sustaining, and late payments to Clerk of Course, Prairie Meadows for the following races:

QUARTER HORSE FUTURITY / DERBY NOMINATION LISTS

  • Iowa Double Gold Futurity – (Payments begin April 1st)
  • Iowa Double Gold Derby – (Payments begin April 1st)
  • Iowa Stallion QH Futurity – (Payments begin April 1st)
  • Iowa Stallion Derby – (Payments begin April 1st)
  • Jim Bader Futurity – (Payments begin April 1st)
  • Polk County Derby – (Payments begin April 1st)
  • Valley Junction Futurity – (Payments begin April 1st)
  • Altoona Derby – (Payments begin April 1st)

Please Note:   For nomination information to any of the Regional Challenge races, please contact AQHA/Racing Challenge Hotline at (877)-222-7223.

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