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.
Featured Racing Events:
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 & 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
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.
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.
Each event will feature different children’s activities such as spin art, balloon animals, Princess party appearances and more.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Horsemen’s Bookkeeper Wire Transfer Request – (Note: $14 processing charge for wire transfers)
Racing Department Contact Information
Director of Racing
Thoroughbred Racing Secretary
Quarter Horse Racing Secretary
Racing Administrative Assistant
Quarter Horse Meet Horsemen’s Guide
(Races w/ No Nom Fees Only)
(Races w/ No Nom Fees Only)
Guidelines for Horses Shipping in to Race
Information on 2016 I.Q.H.R.A. & Prairie Meadows Quarter Horse Futurities and Derbies is now available.
Please send nomination, sustaining, and late payments to I.Q.H.R.A. for the following races:
- I.Q.H.R.A. Membership Form
- General Conditions -No Grace Period
- Iowa Double Gold Futurity
- Iowa Double Gold Derby
- Iowa Double Gold Futurity Eligible Stallions
- Iowa Double Gold Derby Eligible Stallions
- Iowa Stallion QH Futurity
- Iowa Stallion Derby
- Jim Bader Futurity
- Polk County Derby
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 – (After April 1st Payment)
- Iowa Double Gold Derby – (After April 1st Payment)
- Iowa Stallion QH Futurity – (After April 1st Payment)
- Iowa Stallion Derby – (After April 1st Payment)
- Jim Bader Futurity – (After April 1st Payment)
- Polk County Derby – (After April 1st Payment)
- Valley Junction Futurity – (After April 1st Payment)
- Altoona Derby – (After April 1st Payment)
Please Note: For nomination information to any of the Regional Challenge races, please contact AQHA/Racing Challenge Hotline at (877)-222-7223.