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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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Vertical Oak Splashes Home On Top In Prioress

J. Kirk and Jody Robison’s Vertical Oak found the sloppy and sealed going much to her liking, splashing to a 5 ¼-length victory in the Grade 2, $250,000 Prioress for 3-year-old filly sprinters under steady rain Sunday at Saratoga Race Course. The 3-year-old Giant Oak filly broke alertly under Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez and tracked […]

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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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‘Show’ Us The Money? The Plight Of A Simple Wager

The modern menu of betting options in North American horse racing has reached dizzying levels. Daily Double, Pick 3, 4, 5, 6, exacta, trifecta, superfecta, Super High Five, Pick 6 jackpots, Grand Slams, Place Pick All. You get the idea. But it’s one of the oldest and most basic wagers that has horseplayers in fits, […]

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Stakes Winner Dreamin Added To Fasig-Tipton July Sale

  Dreamin, winner of the Saylorville S. at Prairie Meadows this past Thursday, has been added to the July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale as Hip 526 with Darby Dan Farm, agent. Dreamin defeated graded stakes winner I’m A Looker in a final time of 1:08.80 and earned a 90 Beyer speed figure in […]

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Iron Fist Fends Off Texas Chrome In Cornhusker Handicap

Whispering Oaks Farm’s Iron Fist tracked the pacesetter in Saturday evening’s G3 Cornhusker Handicap at Prairie Meadows, then launched clear in the lane to hold off a late run from Texas Chrome, winning by two lengths at the wire. Ridden by Ricardo Santana for trainer Steve Asmussen, the 5-year-old son of Tapit covered 1 1/8 […]

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Hence Back In Winning Form With Last-To-First Rally In Iowa Derby

Calumet Farm homebred Hence was the star of the show Friday night at Prairie Meadows Racecourse, settling well off the early pace to rally five-wide on the far turn and score by 1 1/2 lengths in the G3 Iowa Derby. The sophomore son of Street Boss was perfectly handled by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, […]

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Weekend Lineup: Stars, Stripes & Saturday At Belmont

A bevy of graded stakes action awaits racing fans this weekend, highlighted by the Saturday card at Belmont Park. Both the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks and Belmont Derby have drawn competitive fields, while the Belmont Sprint Championship features Dubai superstar Mind Your Biscuits and the Suburban field is led by Shaman Ghost. The Belmont Oaks […]

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