2016 PM_Racing
Racing Seasons/Promotions:

Thoroughbred Races


The 2016 Thoroughbred season is now over.

Please check back as we will announce the 2017 season at a later date.

Quarter Horse Races


The 2016 Quarter Horse season is now over.

Please check back as we will announce the 2017 season at a later date.

Featured Racing Events:

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.

Today’s Live Racing/Entries:

Handicappers Corner

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 Gold Sheet – October 15

The Gold Sheet – October 14

The Gold Sheet – October 13

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.”

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.

What days do the horses race?

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

2016 Wagering Formats

What wagers are offered on live racing, and what are the takeouts and minimums?




Exacta20%$2.00 Straight/$1.00 Wheels/Boxes
Quinella20%$2.00 Straight/$2.00 Wheels/Boxes
Daily Double20%$2.00 Straight/$1.00 Wheels
Trifecta23%$2.00 Straight/$1.00 Wheels/Boxes
Pick 319%$2.00 Straight/$1.00 Wheels
Pick 415%$0.50 Straight/$1.00 Wheels
Superfecta20%$0.10 Straight/$0.10 Wheels/Boxes
Pick 515%$0.50 Straight/$0.50 Wheels
Pentafecta15%$0.50 Straight/$0.50 Wheels/Boxes

Getting Started

Information about the 2017 Live Racing Season will be posted here as soon as it becomes available. Thanks to all horse owners, trainers, and jockeys for your participation and support during the 2016 Live Racing Season! See You Again in 2017!


The 2016 Full Season Racing Calendar

Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission Licensing

Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association

Iowa Quarter Horse Racing Association


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 Meet

Stall Application

Press Release Notice on Albuterol/Clenbuterol Policy

Notice on Piroplasmosis Testing Requirements

EHV-1 Policy for Quarter Horses Shipping In/Out During Thoroughbred Meet (Workouts)

EHV-1 Policy for 2016 Quarter Horse Race Meet

2016 Quarter Horse Meet Training Hours Schedule

Condition Book

Stakes Schedule

Stakes Nomination Lists

(Races w/ No Nom Fees Only)

Nomination PP’s

(Races w/ No Nom Fees Only)




Scratches & Program Changes

Summary Results


Claims Report

Spanish Link

Current Meet Leading Jockeys/Trainers/Owners/Horses

Current Meet Post Position Stats

Quarter Horse Futurity/Derby Nomination Forms & Lists

Information on 2017 I.Q.H.R.A. & Prairie Meadows Quarter Horse Futurities and Derbies will be posted as soon as it is 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:

  • General Conditions
  • Valley Junction Futurity
  • Altoona Derby


  • Iowa Double Gold Futurity – (T.B.A. for 2017)
  • Iowa Double Gold Derby – (T.B.A. for 2017)
  • Iowa Stallion QH Futurity – (T.B.A. for 2017)
  • Iowa Stallion Derby – (T.B.A. for 2017)
  • Jim Bader Futurity – (T.B.A. for 2017)
  • Polk County Derby – (T.B.A. for 2017)
  • Valley Junction Futurity – (T.B.A. for 2017)
  • Altoona Derby – (T.B.A. for 2017)

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