News, Blog, & Press Releases

4th Annual G.I.V.E Golf Classic a Success
October 7, 2020

Prairie Meadows and Riverside Casino Raise more than $90,000 for Golf for Injured Veterans Everywhere.

Prairie Meadows Joins The Food Bank of Iowa to Distribute Food to 3,800 People
October 2, 2020

The Food Bank of Iowa partnered with Prairie Meadows for a food distribution event at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Tuesday, where 30,000 pounds of food was handed out in four hours.

Prairie Meadows Announces $2,000,000 in Local Funding to Help Meet the Needs of Central Iowans
September 23, 2020

September 23, 2020 - Altoona, IA. As a nonprofit organization, Prairie Meadows fulfills its mission by giving back to organizations that support arts and culture, education, economic development, and human services to the state of Iowa. In a time wrought with hardships and challenging conditions, it is more critical than ever to support this mission.

Prairie Meadows Announces Updated Jockey Policy
July 20, 2020

Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino is updating their jockey policies. The following restrictions will be implemented: No new jockeys will be allowed into the current jockey colony at Prairie Meadows. Anyone in the current jockey colony that accepts a mount at another track must self-quarantine for a 14-day period.

Joint Announcement from Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino, IAHBPA, and the IAQHRA
July 13, 2020

Entry of any horse(s) currently in Texas or Florida will be accepted if the Out of State Trainer agrees to transfer such horse to a Trainer currently stabled at Prairie Meadows Shipping arrangements of such horse(s) should be made with the understanding that no essential barn area workers from Texas or Florida will be allowed on the grounds at Prairie Meadows.

Prairie Meadows Launches Mobile App
June 1, 2020

June 1, 2020 - Altoona, IA. Prairie Meadows Casino Racetrack & Hotel, the no. 1 entertainment destination in Iowa, is proud to announce the launch of their first mobile app, available for iOS and Android.

Prairie Meadows Remains Closed Amid Loosened Restrictions at its Horse Track
May 14, 2020

May 14, 2020 - Altoona, IA. Yesterday, as outlined in the Proclamation issued by Governor Kim Reynolds, all casinos in Iowa shall remain closed through May 27, unless otherwise modified by a subsequent proclamation or order. Also within the Proclamation, horse and dog tracks may reopen provided that the facility does not permit any spectators to attend its events in person. While we appreciate the Governor's desire to reopen Iowa businesses, the Prairie Meadows' Board of Directors and Executive Management have determined that at this time it is not safe to conduct live racing at its facilities.

31st Season of Live Racing at Prairie Meadows Is In The Works
May 7, 2020

May 7, 2020 - Altoona, IA. As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Prairie Meadows is facing unprecedented times and remains temporarily closed. This week, layoffs began for approximately 1,130 employees, and the live race meet - scheduled to begin May 1, has been delayed.

Prairie Meadows 2020 Charitable Giving
May 5, 2020

May 5, 2020 - Altoona, IA. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Prairie Meadows has been closed for business since March 16 and regretfully had to lay off 1,130 employees. At this time, the date for the property reopening is uncertain. When Prairie Meadows reopens, the level of business will likely be unpredictable. Thus, Prairie Meadows will postpone all of its charitable giving and sponsorships for 2020 until further notice.

Leading in Times of Challenge with Gary Palmer
April 29, 2020

Gary discusses with the Des Moines Partnership how the COVID-19 pandemic is the most challenging time he's experienced.