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.
The 2016 Thoroughbred season is now over.
Please check back as we will announce the 2017 Thoroughbred season at a later date.
Featured Racing Events:
Special Race Days & Events
September 17 | Regional Challenge Finals | Post Time 1pm
October 13 | Post Time 5:30pm
October 15 | Championship Day | Post Time 1pm
Family Days at the Races
Each event will feature different children’s activities such as spin art, balloon animals, Princess party appearances and more.
- August 21
- September 18
- October 9
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.
- 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:
If you need a little help trying to pick a winner or you want to know what the handicappers think about a horse, you’ll find free selections from local experts each race day here on the Gold Sheet!
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
(Races w/ No Nom Fees Only)
(Races w/ No Nom Fees Only)
2016 Thoroughbred Meet Info Sheet
2016 Thoroughbred Meet Training Hours Schedule
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 July 1st Payment)
- Iowa Double Gold Derby – (After July 1st Payment)
- Iowa Stallion QH Futurity – (After July 1st Payment)
- Iowa Stallion Derby – (After July 1st Payment)
- Jim Bader Futurity – (After August 1st Payment)
- Polk County Derby – (After August 1st Payment)
- Valley Junction Futurity – (After August 1st Payment)
- Altoona Derby – (After August 1st Payment)
Please Note: For nomination information to any of the Regional Challenge races, please contact AQHA/Racing Challenge Hotline at (877)-222-7223.