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Prairie Meadows Installs New ‘Rider Protection System’ Inside Rail

When the starting gates open at Prairie Meadows for the first race of the 2017 Thoroughbred meet, horses and jockeys will circle a brand new inside rail. The Thoroughbred season will kick off Thursday, April 27 at Prairie Meadows’ one-mile track located in Altoona, IA. Shortly after the live racing season ended in 2016, crews […]

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Get In The Game: Prairie Meadows Offering Memberships To New Racing Club

Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack, & Hotel returns this racing season with an exciting behind-the-scenes look at thoroughbred ownership. The property is introducing the all-new Prairie Meadows Racing Club I (“Club”). The Club provides its members a low risk pathway to becoming a racehorse owner. The Club is a low-cost, social and educational glimpse into the […]

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Prairie Meadows Releases 2017 Schedule, Features 67 Days Of Thoroughbred Racing

The Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission has approved Prairie Meadows Casino Racetrack and Hotel’s 28th season of live horse racing at their one-mile oval track, located just outside of Des Moines. Prairie Meadows will continue to feature both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meets with a few adjustments on post-times and scheduling that will benefit the […]

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KY Downs: Maker Targeting Stakes With Pair Of Hansen Youngsters

One of Mike Maker’s biggest clients is perennial Kentucky Downs leading owner Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who raced champion Kitten’s Joy and campaign many of his offspring known for having Kitten in their names. But Maker’s candidates for Kentucky Downs’ 2-year-old stakes aren’t owned by the Ramseys and both were sired by Hansen, the 2011 […]

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Jockey Ty Kennedy Wins With First Two Mounts In Kentucky

While all the attention was on three-time Kentucky Derby winner Calvin Borel finishing third in his first race in five months in Ellis Park’s sixth race Saturday, Ty Kennedy quietly won for his second victory in his first two starts in the state. Kennedy won aboard Chargin Storm, his only mount on the card. The […]

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Prairie Meadows Cancels Final Two Races On Thursday Night Card

Officials at Prairie Meadows were forced to cancel the last two races on their Thursday, Aug. 11, card due to ‘extreme weather conditions’. The racetrack posted the information Friday morning via the track’s Twitter feed. Last two races on Thursday cancelled due to extreme weather conditions in Altoona. 10 races tonight, Friday, first post time […]

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‘Burden Of Proof’: Iowa Trainer Proves Feed Contamination Caused Ractopamine Positives

The Prairie Meadows Board of Stewards on Wednesday found trainer Kelly Von Hemel blameless after two of his horses tested positive for ractopamine, because he was able to prove that the trace amounts of the Class 2 drug were the result of contamination in feed originally mixed at a South Dakota mill. Von Hemel trainee […]

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Prairie Meadows Re-Opens Backstretch To Ruidoso Shippers After EHV-1 Restriction

Prairie Meadows Racetrack in Altoona, IA will permit horses shipping to Iowa from Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico to enter the stable area of this track effective immediately. On June 19, Prairie Meadows announced that it would not allow horses from Ruidoso Downs into its stable area after the New Mexico track reported a positive […]

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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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Three Iowa Casinos To Offer Simulcast Wagering

Three Iowa casinos have announced plans to take advantage of a 2014 state law that allows simulcast wagering at facilities without live racing, according to the Des Moines Register. The Wild Rose Casino, based in West Des Moines, plans to offer simulcast wagering on both horse and dog races. “We think it would be neat […]

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