Jodi Urich is the newest addition to the Prairie Meadows Board of Directors following its annual meeting in Altoona, Iowa, on Nov.16.
- By Dan Johnson
Prairie Meadows canceled its final four Thoroughbred races Friday after jockeys said a dip in the racing surface made conditions unsafe to ride.
- By Dan Johnson
Prairie Meadows plans to run 90 days of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing in 2006 under a plan unanimously approved Aug. 29 by the track's board of directors.
Ann Long-Richards is the new vice president of finance at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Altoona, Iowa.
Recent stakes winners Pin Oak Stable's Whimsy and Ralls & Foster's Eyes On Eddy top a field of eight sophomore fillies entered for Saturday's $100,000 Arlington Oaks at Arlington Park.
Six-furlong races at Prairie Meadows were shortened to 5 1/2 furlongs Aug. 2 because of an uneven spot in the backstretch chute.
Jockey Stormy Smith had surgery Tuesday to repair a fractured eye socket and cheekbone, the result of being thrown by an unruly horse Saturday at Prairie Meadows.
Jockey Tim Doocy will likely miss the rest of the year after suffering injuries that included a separated pelvis during a fall July 21 at Prairie Meadows. Another veteran jockey, Terry Thompson, returned to action the same night after recovering from a pelvic dislocation.
- By Dan Johnson
Prairie Meadows' 47-day spring meet saw overall betting drop 28% after switching from racing Monday afternoons, when it had strong simulcast betting, to Thursday evenings.
A field of nine, led by Cryptograph, is set to challenge Saturday's $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II), going 1 1/8 miles.
A barn quarantine at Prairie Meadows was lifted Monday after tests showed that a horse suspected of having the equine herpes virus did not have the disease.
- By Dan Johnson
The quarantine at Prairie Meadows was relaxed slightly June 8 to allow horses to enter the stable area, but no horses will be allowed to leave the grounds until test results for a possible equine herpesvirus case are known.
- By Dan Johnson
Horses in one barn at Prairie Meadows in Iowa have been quarantined due to a possible case of equine herpesvirus.
Bettors on Prairie Meadows races can roll two quarters together into one of the hottest trends to hit the national gaming industry – the 50-Cent Pick 4 Wager – on May 3.
- By Dan Johnson
Prairie Meadows' table games have been so popular that the track wants to add more. The Racing Association of Central Iowa, which operates Prairie Meadows, voted Feb. 16 to add 11 table games to the 33 that were put in operation in December.
Prairie Meadows cannot receive payments from services that take Internet or telephone wagers from Iowa residents, according to an Iowa attorney general's opinion.
Prairie Meadows and the Polk County Board of Supervisors joined efforts to pledge up to $100,000 in matching funds to the Southeast Asia Relief Fund through the American Red Cross and challenged the community to join in the effort.
Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse interests in Iowa oppose a plan by the Standardbred industry to shift a larger percentage of purse money at Prairie Meadows to harness racing.
Prairie Meadows Thoroughbred trainer Dick Clark claimed his 1,000th win on Aug. 17, highlighting a career that began 35 years ago in Nebraska.
Prairie Meadows' board of directors has unanimously passed a resolution that would change the makeup of its board in exchange for business support to oppose a Des Moines riverboat casino.
Prairie Meadows received permission July 15 to add table games, but now it must roll the dice on an even bigger issue.
The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission unanimously approved plans July 15 permitting Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino to add 33 table games for blackjack, craps, roulette and poker.
Grade I winner Perfect Drift leads a field of six in Saturday's $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III).
Jockey Terry Thompson suffered a broken leg June 29 during a three-horse spill in the second race at Prairie Meadows.
Showing up helped make jockey Perry Compton a winner during Saturday's $68,600 Hawkeyes Handicap for fillies and mares at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa.
Prairie Meadows on June 16 presented the Polk County Board of Supervisors with a check for $10.1 million representing profit sharing payments provided for under its lease agreement.
Pie's Lil Brother won Saturday's $50,000 Prairie Express at Prairie Meadows for the second straight year, holding off Coach Jimi Lee and Sand Ridge in a photo finish.
Jockey Ken Shino reached the 2,000-victory milestone Friday at Prairie Meadows while recording a riding triple.
Prairie Meadows could add table games and video poker this fall if Gov. Tom Vilsack signs a gambling bill approved by the Iowa legislature. The track's board of directors voted 12-0 April 21 to seek the games should the bill become law.
An Iowa Senate committee Tuesday cleared a bill that would allow table games such as poker and blackjack at the state's racetracks.
Prairie Meadows and two Greyhound tracks will be permitted to offer table games under Iowa legislation that bans new gaming licenses in counties where they aren't currently in place.
Prairie Meadows is suing track announcer Ken Miller over the patent rights to a "Pick 5" wager Miller conceived and the track plans to offer. The tug-of-war has created such a strain that the Iowa racetrack and casino has suspended Miller, who has called races there since 1989.
Jim Rasmussen, a successful owner and chairman of the Racing Association of Central Iowa until this spring when he resigned after admitting to gambling through a bookmaker, died on Oct. 15 of lung cancer.
Former Prairie Meadows Chairman Jim Rasmussen will not face gambling charges, officials with the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission said.
The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission will not pursue gambling charges against former Prairie Meadows chairman Jim Rasmussen.
Prairie Meadows has proposed a 96-day Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing season for 2004. The plan is to race only four days a week instead of five.
Sure Shot Biscuit, the only Iowa-bred to earn $1 million, has been retired. The 7-year-old won 23 of 54 races and earned $1,025,480, nearly twice as much money as the runner-up: his full sister, Nut N Better.
Lovethatlegend is poised to net a record sale price for an Iowa-bred horse. Providing she passes a veterinary check, Lovethatlegend will be sold for $365,000 and be sent to New York to join the stable of Bobby Frankel.
MSNBC presents documentary "Thoroughbred: Stable To Stardom" on Aug. 24...Team Valor purchases River Belle.
Joseph V. Vitello's homebred Tenpins rallied from just off the pace to earn a two-length victory over Bowman's Band in Saturday's $350,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III).
Joe Vitello's Grade II winner Tenpins will make his seasonal debut Saturday as the 118-pound highweight against seven rivals in the $350,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Prairie Meadows.
Track officials and horsemen at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa are considering shortening the race-week from five days to four in the future to help solidify handle figures.
Jockey Cindy Noll won the first race ever held at Prairie Meadows, and she's still going strong. Noll became Prairie Meadows' career riding leader when she won Sunday's first three races. That gave her 577 victories, two more than David Essman. She added to her lead with her 578th victory in Monday's ninth race.
Nation's highest court overturns a previous ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court that declared the state's graduated tax rate on racetrack slot machines was unconstitutional.
Jim Rasmussen apologized May 21 for illegally wagering on football, but said his decision to step down as Prairie Meadows chairman of the board was a combination of the betting controversy and ill health.
Former Prairie Meadows chairman Jim Rasmussen turned in his horse owner's license and his River Ridge Ranch stable was legally dissolved May 20. The move looms as a preemptive strike to avert a June hearing at which the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission would have considered action against Rasmussen for making illegal football bets with alleged bookmaker Robert Derryberry.
Jim Rasmussen stepped down as chairman of the Prairie Meadows board of
directors May 9 in the midst of health concerns and charges he had bet
with a bookmaker on football games.
A Prairie Meadows board member said that chairman Jim Rasmussen should temporarily step down until an investigation is completed regarding his possible involvement in an alleged illegal sports betting operation.
Prairie Meadows will do away with its weeklong Iowa Festival of Racing as it adjusts its season to a new schedule and scaled-back purses. Instead of packing its six biggest Thoroughbred races into one week, the track will spread them out over four weekends from June 21 to July 12.
Prairie Meadows will be able to continue operating slot machines for another eight years after 66 percent of Polk County voters supported the measure Tuesday.
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