News, Blog, & Press Releases

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.

Prairie Meadows Response to COVID-19
April 27, 2020

April 27, 2020 - As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Prairie Meadows announced the layoff of 1,130 employees from its workforce, effective May 3, 2020.

Bowl For Kids' Sake 2020 Raises More Than $175,000
April 21, 2020

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Iowa, a donor and volunteer supported mentoring network that fosters meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers and children ages 5 - 13, raised nearly $180,000 with the help of 15 sponsors, including Prairie Meadows.

Easter Seals Society of Iowa Receives $400,000 Legacy Grant
April 21, 2020

Easterseals Iowa, which was established more than 90 years ago to support persons with disabilities across the state, was recently awarded a $400,000 Legacy Grant from Prairie Meadows in 2019.