‘Huge Step Forward’: Prairie Meadows Approved To Open Backside On June 1

by | 05.22.2020 | 5:39pm
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According to the Iowa Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, the Prairie Meadows Board of Directors held a board meeting on Friday which resulted in granting authority to the Executive Management of PMRC to open the racetrack to begin allowing for horses to come onto the backside beginning June 1.

The June 1 date is still tentative, but Executive Management agreed with the protocols laid out for opening the backside. Logistical matters may delay for another day or two, however.

“This is huge step forward,” the Iowa HBPA posted on Facebook Friday afternoon. “This motion passed based on the guidance from the National HBPA, our specific input here from the Iowa HBPA, and additional procedures from Prairie Meadows. There will be of course some concessions horsemen will be asked to do in order to open up the backside as quickly as possible. All of which will be outlined more thoroughly in the days to come but are not much different than what horsemen have seen all across the rest of the country regarding dealing with the pandemic.”

In an earlier post, the Iowa HBPA indicated that Prairie Meadows is tentatively considering a mid-June start date for the races. Racing at the Altoona oval had been scheduled to start on May 1, but was delayed along with many other tracks around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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