Stall Applications For 2019 Prairie Meadows Quarter Horse Meet Due July 10

Horsemen Advised Of New Policy For Iowa-Foaled Stamps And Changes In Entry Schedule

July 1, 2019 – Altoona, IA. Horsemen planning to compete during the upcoming Quarter Horse meet at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino are reminded that stall applications for the 2019 season are due in the racing office on Wednesday, July 10.

The 2019 Quarter Horse season, which includes 26 days of racing, opens with an afternoon program starting at 1pm on Saturday, August 17 and concludes with the season-ending Quarter Horse Championships beginning at 4 pm on Saturday, October 12.

Owners and trainers should note a change in the entry schedule for the early part of the 2019 season because of four-week overlap of the Thoroughbred meet this year.

Entries for the first two days of the Quarter Horse season, August 17 and August 18, will be taken in the racing office on Wednesday, August 14 and Thursday, August 15.

During the first half of the Quarter Horse season, the entry schedule will be as follows: Thoroughbreds enter on Friday for Monday and Saturday for Tuesday; Quarter Horses enter on Sunday for Friday, Monday for Saturday, and Tuesday for Sunday for the dates covered by Quarter Horse Condition Book #1.

During the overlap period, the Prairie Meadows racing office will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday.

Horsemen are advised of the new policy regarding the Iowa-foaled stamps required for entry into an Iowa-registered race.

Per Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC) Administrative Rule 10.6(2) Entries, all Iowa-foaled horses must have their papers stamped PRIOR to entry into an Iowa-Registered race.

10.6(2) Entries.

n. Iowa-foaled horse. An Iowa-foaled horse shall not be entered in a race limited to Iowa-foaled horses unless the horse is registered with and the papers are stamped by the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. An Iowa-foaled horse would be allowed to run in an open race without the stamp, but would be ineligible for Iowa-bred supplement, Iowa-bred breeders’ awards, and Iowa-bred breeders’ supplement.

Prairie Meadows Assistant Racing Secretary Chad Keller notes that overnight purses for 2019 will increase generally from $200 to $500 in most race categories with open trial purses increasing from $6,000 to $7,000. Purse participation for runners finishing 6th through last place in overnight and trial races will see an increase from $125 to $150 for the 2019 season.

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission will institute out-of-competition and pre-stakes race hair testing in 2019, with any horse on the Prairie Meadows grounds subject to hair testing at any time. Details of the hair testing plan and procedures can be found in Quarter Horse Condition Book #1.

Health requirements remain the same as last year. All horses entering the stable area at Prairie Meadows must have a health certificate dated within 10 days of arrival, an EHV-1 vaccination date of not less than 14 days or more than 120 days, a current negative Coggins test, and –for Quarter Horses only– a negative test for Theileria Equi (Piroplasmosis) dated within the last 365 days.

More information on policies and procedures for the 2019 Quarter Horse meet can be found at in the Quarter Horse Meet section of the Horsemen’s Information page.

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 more than $1.8 billion to the state of Iowa. Prairie Meadows offers nearly 1,700 slot machines, table games, live and simulcast racing, hotel accommodations, entertainment, and more.

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