2016 PM_Racing
Racing Seasons:

Thoroughbred Races


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


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:

Kentucky Derby Day Details

The 2016 Kentucky Derby is the 142nd renewal of the greatest two minutes in sports. Watch and wager here. See our full list of events below:

9am | Kentucky Derby wagering available
12pm – 6pm | Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) Silent Auction in Hops Lounge
1pm – 5pm | Prairie Meadows Live Racing
1pm – 3pm | Meet Colleen from from the Star 102.5 Morning Show
1pm | Registration for the Prairie Meadows hat contest begins
1pm – 6pm | Photo booth opportunity in the Finish Line Show Lounge
4:40pm | Hat contest judging with a top prize of $300
5:24pm | Approximate post time of the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby
8pm | Riddle Me This (Variety of ’70s, ’80s and ’90s) begins their free live entertainment in the Finish Line Show Lounge

Special Race Days

Special Race Days & Events
May 30 | Memorial Day | Post Time 1pm
June 15 | Post Time 5:30pm
June 30, July 1 & 2 | Festival of Racing
July 3 | Fireworks
July 4 | Independence Day | Post Time 1pm
July 17 | Camel, Zebra, & Ostrich Races
August 10 | Post Time 5:30pm
August 13 | Iowa Classic

Triple Crown Race Days
May 7 | Kentucky Derby
May 21 | Preakness Stakes
June 11 | Belmont Stakes


Sounds of Summer

This summer, we’re bringing our concerts outdoors. Now you will be able to experience spectacular live music outside on the track apron after the races are finished beginning around 5pm. All ages are welcome to enjoy our sounds of summer, and the best part is it’s all FREE.

Upcoming Shows
May 21 | Mark Andrew Band | Rock/Folk
June 11 | Shot Thru The Heart (Bon Jovi Tribute Show) | Classic Rock
July 2 | American Country | Country
July 3 | The Dweebs | Variety
July 23 | The Spazmatics | Variety
August 6 | Lost Highway | Country

5PM is an approximate time and may fluctuate to account for race completion.

Family Days at the Races

Each event will feature different children’s activities such as spin art, balloon animals, Princess party appearances and more.

May 22
June 19
July 24
August 21
September 18
October 9

Food Truck Festival

June 18 | Noon – 4:30pm

Come out and enjoy some delicious food and vote on your favorite food truck.
The winning food truck will win $500 cash.

Race Sponsorships

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Race Sponsorships

Anyone can sponsor a race. Benefits include a race named in honor of your group or organization, a photo near the Winner’s Circle, recognition of your race in the program, your name on the in-field board, and a personal message read by our track announcer. You’ll also get six racing programs. 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.

Stable Area Tours

Check out a behind the scenes tour of our racetrack! Learn about track conditions, jockeys, horses and more. Tours will be continuous beginning at 8am to 10am, lasting approximately 30 minutes, and will begin and end at the south entrance.

  • May 21
  • June 18
  • July 2
  • July 23
  • August 20
  • September 17

No reservations required. For more information, please call 515-967-8542.

*Ride portion of the tour is not handicap accessible, strollers are prohibited, children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult, and rides may be cancelled without notice.
Today’s Live Racing/Entries:

Handicappers Corner

If you’re unsure how to pick a winner or want to know what the handicappers think about a horse, you’ll find free selections and analysis from local handicappers each race day here in the Gold Sheet Selections.

Gold Sheet – 4.28.16

Gold Sheet – 4.29.16

Gold Sheet – 4.30.16

Gold Sheet – 5.01.16

Tipster's Picks

Get the latest thinking on how a particular horse will run and race analysis from local handicappers who follow the field. Click here to view our Tipster’s Picks.



Ones to Watch

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


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.


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