Live Thoroughbred racing returns to Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa on April 26 with a Starter Bonus Incentive program and purse increases for overnight races.
Prairie Meadows and the Iowa Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) worked jointly to develop the Starter Bonus Incentive. The incentive, which covers the first 12 days of the season, offers a purse increase of $3,500 for overnight races leaving the paddock with eight or more runners.
“We encourage our Thoroughbred horsemen to take advantage of this opportunity to race for additional purse money,” said Chad Keller, Thoroughbred assistant racing secretary at Prairie Meadows. “In return, we can offer our wagering guests bigger field sizes, which should increase the overall handle and help promote the racing industry in Iowa.
“We've also increased the overnight purses by $500 per race across the board for the 2018 Thoroughbred season. Our Purse Participation Incentive for horses finishing sixth through last place in overnight races, will be increased from $125 to $200.”
Meanwhile, Prairie Meadows this week began the installation of a new pari-mutuel totalizator system as part of a multi-year agreement with United Tote. With United Tote, Prairie Meadows will have the latest technology in wagering, including wireless tablet wagering.
“We are proud to partner with Prairie Meadows in bringing the racing industry's most up-to-date wagering technology to Iowa,” said Nate Simon, president of United Tote. “United Tote believes that this new relationship will offer Prairie Meadows patrons a first-class wagering experience. We're excited to be working with a company that is willing to invest in the equipment necessary to be a leader in customer service.”
Prairie Meadows will also launch mobile wagering through United Tote in mid-April, in anticipation of the start of the live racing season on April 26.
Thoroughbred stall application forms are due in the Prairie Meadows Racing Office by March 21, 2018. The stall application forms and other pertinent Thoroughbred documents are available in the Racing Office at Prairie Meadows or accessed online through our website.
Horsemen are advised that Out-of-Competition Testing (OOCT) will be conducted for the duration of the 2018 live racing season at Prairie Meadows. Under OOCT, if a horse tests positive for a prohibited substance or a trainer refuses to submit a horse for testing, that horse will not be allowed to race at Prairie Meadows. Additional actions may include the refusal to take entries of any horse under the trainer's care or the revocation of stalls for the meet.
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