Bob Blackburn Hired as New Track Superintendent for Prairie Meadows

February 15, 2022 – Altoona, IA. Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack, & Hotel is proud to announce the hire of Bob Blackburn as our Track Superintendent.

Blackburn brings a stellar record of over 30 years of experience as a Track Superintendent. His previous stints include 15 years at Remington Park, 10 years overseeing track maintenance at Ocala Florida Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Inc, and Track Superintendent at Bandera Downs and Manor Downs in Texas.

“I am blessed and excited for this new opportunity in Iowa working at Prairie Meadows”, Blackburn says. “Working at racetracks has always been a love of mine, which started in Texas growing up around my dad’s Quarter Horses to my experiences either at racetracks or horse farms. I’ve seen it all and done it all”, Blackburn explains. Blackburn replaces Prairie Meadows Racing Hall of Famer Lamont Marks, who retired last year after years of dedicated service to Prairie Meadows in various roles, but most notably as Track Superintendent.   

The 2022 live racing season with 84 race days, begins with 22 days of Thoroughbred-only racing from May 13 – June 18 with an additional two days of Thoroughbred-only racing on Thursday, September 29 and Sunday, October 2. A mixed Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse schedule of 60 race days will take place from June 19 – October 1.

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About Prairie Meadows

Prairie Meadows began operations as a nonprofit organization in 1989 with the goal of promoting economic development, jobs, agriculture, and tourism in the state of Iowa. Through taxes, grants, and charitable donations, Prairie Meadows has given $2 billion to the state of Iowa. Prairie Meadows offers slot machines, table games, live and simulcast racing, sports wagering, hotel accommodations, entertainment, and more.


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