Prairie Meadows had its largest betting day in three years when its June 25 program featuring the Prairie Meadow Cornhusker Handicap (gr. III) and Iowa Derby (gr. III) drew $1,216,294 in wagering. The card was part of the track’s two-day Iowa Festival of Racing.
The 10-race program handled a season-high $176,145 in ontrack betting and $1,040,149 in wagering from simulcast outlets nationwide. That was the most wagered on a Prairie Meadows racing program since $1,239,476 was bet June 30, 2008.
It was also the second-largest betting total ever for a Saturday program at Prairie Meadows, behind the $1,322,491 wagered on the July 4, 1998 Cornhusker program that had 13 races.