Prairie Meadows Live Racing Season Returns

May 11, 2022, Altoona, IA – Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack, and Hotel’s highly anticipated live horse racing season will make its return this weekend. The action-packed season begins Friday, May 13 at Prairie Meadows’ one-mile oval track, located just outside of Des Moines, Iowa.  

The 84-day season features races Friday through Monday with a variety of special race days and events. They’ll begin with 22 days of Thoroughbred-only racing through June 18, and two additional days on Thursday, September 29 and Sunday, October 2. The 60-day mixed Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse schedule will take place June 19 – October 1. Post times are set for 6pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 4pm on Sundays and Mondays. Post times may change for special race days, events, and holidays. 

Prairie Meadows’ racing season would not be complete without its signature races and events like Festival of Racing taking place July 8 & 9, the Iowa Classic on October 1, and their early Independence Day celebration on July 3. The 2022 season will introduce new trackside entertainment and fun for the whole family to enjoy. They’ll be hosting trivia along with yard games, fun photo ops, and more!  

For complete information on the 2022 racing schedule visit 

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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