Iowa racing

Prairie Meadows Releases First Condition Book For Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse Meet

Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack, & Hotel announces the release of Condition Book 1, which covers the first 18 racing days, May 1 – June 1, of the 2020 Mixed Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing season at Prairie Meadows. Thoroughbred racing will lead off the 84-day season from May 1 – June 8. Quarter Horse racing […]

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Prairie Meadows To Combine Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse Racing In New Meet Format

The Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission has approved Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino’s 31st season of live horse racing. Prairie Meadows, Iowa HBPA. I.T.B.O.A and I.Q.H.R.A all worked together to create a new racing format which will begin on May 1, 2020. The season will consist of 84 days of live racing featuring Thoroughbred racing throughout […]

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‘A Lot Of Positive Momentum’: Prairie Meadows Announces Incentives, Purse Increases

Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack, & Hotel announces the release of Condition Book 1, which covers the first 14 racing days of the 2019 Thoroughbred season at the Altoona, Iowa racetrack. Prairie Meadows live season kicks off on May 3. Book 1 is available at,, and Prairie Meadows’ Racing Office. Book 1 features a variety of […]

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Anifantis Named Racing Secretary At Prairie Meadows For Thoroughbred And Quarters

Racing industry veteran Michael Anifantis will assume the role of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Racing Secretary at Prairie Meadows. Anifantis brings with him 40 years of racing industry experience. “We are absolutely thrilled to have someone with Michael’s knowledge and experience on our team. He’s been in the industry for a long time and has […]

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Prairie Meadows Approved For 67-Day Thoroughbred Season In 2018

The Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission has approved Prairie Meadows’ 29th season of live horse racing at their one-mile oval track, located just outside of Des Moines, Iowa. Prairie Meadows will continue to feature both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meets in 2018. The 67-day Thoroughbred season will open Thursday, April 26, 2018. A typical race […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Woodbine Jackpot $1.4M Carryover: Where’s The Hammer?

It’s been a wild ride lately for the seedier side of horse racing. A video that surfaced on the Internet revealed talk of “juice” and bookies. A serial violator of medication rules had his suspension reduced. And some connections trying to hide syringes had the book thrown at them. Where is the consistency in enforcement? […]

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Suspension, Pair Of Revocations In Iowa ‘Hidden Syringes’ Case

Stewards at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino have revoked the licenses of an assistant trainer and veterinarian and suspended a trainer for a year following a security episode in a barn last month. Stewards ruled assistant trainer Victor Ibarra and vet Verlin Jones should lose their licenses and that trainer Kenneth Laymon’s license should be […]

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Iowa: Quarter Horse Trainers, Vet Suspended After Barn Security Finding

Stewards at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Iowa have summarily suspended a Quarter Horse trainer, assistant trainer and a veterinarian after the assistant was seen by security hiding syringes in the barn area. Suspended pending the outcome of hearings were trainer Kenneth Laymon, assistant Victor Ibarra and vet Verlin Jones. According to the stewards’ […]

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‘Special Attention’: $200 Racehorse Wasn’t So Crazy After All

“A good horseman can hear his horse speak to him. A great horseman can hear the horse whisper.” – Author Unknown Horses are always trying to tell us something, but it’s up to us, as their caretakers, to listen. “Bobby” was having a hard time getting his point across at a whisper, so last summer […]

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