Prairie Meadows Stall Applications Due Wednesday April 6

April 1, 2022 – Altoona, IA. With the start of the 2022 live racing season at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino fast approaching, horsemen planning to compete at the Altoona, IA facility this season should take note of a number of important dates and deadlines.

The 2022 live racing season begins on May 13 with Thoroughbred-only racing. There will be 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.

Dates and deadlines to make note of:

  • Stall applications are due back to the racing office by Wednesday, April 6 for both breeds.
  • Prairie Meadows’ barn area will open on Friday, April 15 and on-track training begins Sunday, April 17.
  • Quarter Horse connections are reminded that futurity and derby payment schedules begin on April 1 for the Valley Junction Futurity, Altoona Derby, Jim Bader Futurity, and Polk County Derby.
  • Iowa Festival of Racing is scheduled for July 8 and 9 with a total of eight stakes races worth a total of $1,275,000. The highlight of the Festival will be the Gr. III $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap. This race was won in 2021 by Knicks Go, the 2021 Eclipse Award winning Horse of the Year in Thoroughbred racing. A pair of two-year-old stakes join the Festival lineup in 2022, the Prairie Gold Juvenile and Prairie Gold Lassie worth $100,000 each going 5 ½ furlongs. Free nominations for the Festival of Racing will close on Saturday, June 25.
  • Iowa Classic is scheduled for Saturday, October 1 with an all-Iowa bred race card filled with stakes races for both breeds that will exceed $1,000,000 in total purses offered.

Live racing will be offered Fridays - Mondays, with post times set for 6:00 p.m. CDT on Fridays and Saturdays, and 4:00 p.m. CDT on Sundays and Mondays. Post times may change for special race days, events, and holidays.

Condition Book #1, stall application, stakes schedules, and training schedule with starting gate hours are currently available online in the Horsemen’s Information section of the Prairie Meadows website at Book #1 features Thoroughbred race days from May 13 – June 4 along with a preview section beginning on page 66 for Quarter Horse race days from June 19 – July 4.

Quarter Horse futurity/derby nomination forms, which include payment schedules and general conditions for each race, can be downloaded and printed from the Prairie Meadows website at in the Horsemen’s Information section under Quarter Horse Racing then scrolling down to Quarter Horse Futurity/Derby Nomination Forms & Lists.

For payment questions on the Prairie Meadows Gold Futurity/Derby, Valley Junction Futurity, or Altoona Derby contact Martha Harsch at 515-967-1205 or by email at For payment questions about the Hawkeye Futurity, Cyclone Derby, Iowa Stallion QH Futurity/Derby, Jim Bader Futurity, or Polk County Derby contact Jim Harvey of the IQHRA at 515-499-0090, or by email at

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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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