After many close placings in graded stakes races, Whispering Oaks Farm's Iron Fist finally notched his first graded stakes win in the $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (G3) at Prairie Meadows July 8.
Off the Triple Crown trail and with a clean trip, Calumet Farm's homebred Hence once again found his winning stride July 7 in the $250,000 Iowa Derby (G3) at Prairie Meadows.
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Shane's Girlfriend hasn't fired her best every time she makes it out for a race, but when she does the results are impressive.
Dede McGehee's homebred Dolphus has three things going for him in the July 8 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (G3): speed, good recent form, and pedigree.
- By Jeremy Balan
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Midwest Region, Southwest Region, Mid-Atlantic Region
Conquest Mo Money's odyssey across the country via truck and trailer will continue May 13.
Plenty backing up the Woke Up Dreamin gelding's 3-5 morning line
Gary and Mary West's American Freedom earned his first graded score with a clear victory in the $250,000 Iowa Derby (gr. III) July 1 at Prairie Meadows.
Gary and Mary West's Family Tree turned the tables on Ready to Confess and earned her first stakes win June 30 in the $200,000 Iowa Oaks (gr. III) at Prairie Meadows.
Grade II winner S'maverlous will be chasing his third stakes victory in four starts this year July 2 in the $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (gr. III).
Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack, and Hotel ended May 10 the additional equine herpesvirus-1 biosecurity protocols implemented April 18.
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture reports that three horses at Fonner Park in Grand Island, Neb., including one who died, have tested positive for Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM).
Prairie Meadows Racetrack has adopted a policy for equine herpesvirus that will be in effect for the 2016 Thoroughbred racing season at the Altoona, Iowa track.
Favorites Oh My Gravy, Rallydownthealley, and Net Gain won the featured events on Iowa Classic night for state-breds Aug. 8 at Prairie Meadows, and Iowa stallion Woke Up Dreamin had by two juvenile stakes winners.
Arlington, Parx, Prairie Meadows, Woodbine, Monmouth, Los Alamitos, Arapahoe & More
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Grade I winner and New York stallion Here Comes Ben gained his first winner July 2 when Here Comes Gwen made the pace and won the third race at Prairie Meadows.
Santa Anita, Prairie Meadows, Churchill Downs, Monmouth Park, Parx, Woodbine & More
Javier Castellano made his trip to Iowa worth it, scoring aboard Bent On Bourbon to take the $250,000 Iowa Derby (gr. III) June 27 at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino.
Michael Langford's Carve, a determined neck winner of the 2014 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (gr. III), is back in the 2015 edition and looking for his second score of the season June 27 at Prairie Meadows.
After cruising to a clear victory in the prep race for the $250,000 Iowa Derby (gr. III), Hillbilly Royalty will take aim at the top Prairie Meadows race for 3-year-olds Saturday, June 27.
Sarah Sis, winner of the Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) earlier this year, heads the $200,000 Iowa Oaks (gr. III) off her win in the May 30 Panthers Stakes over the Prairie Meadows surface.
Delaunay, winner of 18 races and over $1.1 million in purse money through 52 outings, is 8-5 morning line favorite in the Iowa Sprint Handicap and the most accomplished runner in the Friday, June 26, Prairie Meadows race.
Review winners from some of the weekend's big races. Including Japan, Belmont Park, Santa Anita Park, Prairie Meadows, Turf Paradise, Belterra Park and more! view slideshow
Belmont, Japan, Santa Anita, Prairie Meadows, Belterra, Turf Paradise & More
Jockey Ramon Vazquez claimed his 2,000th victory May 9 with a winning ride on Celtic Drama in the first race at Prairie Meadows.
Veteran Midwest trainer Kenny P. Smith reached his 1,000th winner April 19, according to Equibase records, when he sent out Retro Citizen to victory in the seventh race at Prairie Meadows.
Leading Prairie Meadows jockey David Mello landed his 1,000th lifetime victory the evening of July 12 when he guided Voodooville to a three-length victory in the fourth race at the Altoona, Iowa, track.
Kid Brock became the first winner for deceased 2009 champion and classic winner Summer Bird when he powered to a clear victory July 6 at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino.
Churchill Downs, Belmont, Irish Derby, Prairie Meadows, Woodbine, Santa Anita & More
Golden Ticket, who dead-heated for the victory in the 2012 Travers Stakes at Saratoga and who won last year at Prairie Meadows, returns to Iowa and is the 3-1 morning-line choice in the nine-furlong Cornhusker Handicap.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Vicar's in Trouble is the 3-1 morning line favorite for the June 28 Iowa Derby (gr. III). The 3-year-old son of Into Mischief is making his first start since the May 3 Run for the Roses.
Trainer Chris Hartman notched the 1,000th victory of his career Sunday, June 22 when Silver Rock Star prevailed by a neck in the seventh race at Prairie Meadows.
Sire Greeley's Conquest was represented by his first winner when first-time starter Saint Greeley romped to a front-running 8 1/4-length victory in a maiden special weight race June 1 at Prairie Meadows.
Pimlico, Santa Anita, Belterra Park, Canterbury, Will Rogers Downs, Prairie Meadows
Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino is opposing a proposed casino in Jefferson, Iowa, that it estimates would reduce its gaming revenue by nearly $13 million.
Wolf Pack Jack has been named the 2013 Iowa-bred Horse of the Year after winning four of six starts and earning $154,770 as a 3-year-old.
Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino will boost the standard minimum purse for unrestricted stakes to $75,000 when its Thoroughbred meet runs April 18 to Aug. 9.
Jockey Terry Thompson registered the 3,000th victory of his career in the first race at Prairie Meadows July 14 aboard Ifoundmy Mojo.
Churchill, Monmouth, Prairie Meadows, Woodbine, Belmont, Europe and More! view slideshow
Churchill, Monmouth, Prairie Meadows, Woodbine, Belmont, Europe and More
Jim Tafel's homebred Looking Cool certainly kept his cool in the heat of battle down the Prairie Meadows stretch June 29 to prevail by a neck at 17-1 odds in the $250,000 Iowa Derby (gr. III).
Zayat Stables' Prayer for Relief, second in his only two starts this year, broke through with a victory in the $300,000 Cornhusker Handicap (gr. III) at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino June 29.
Fiftyshadesofhay made the most of her trip from California with a powerful victory in the $200,000 Iowa Oaks (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino June 29.
- By Frank Angst
Evan Hammonds and Frank Angst handicap the New York Stakes and Iowa Derby this weekend. watch video
Evan Hammonds and Frank Angst handicap the New York Stakes and Iowa Derby this weekend. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the New York Stakes.
Recent graded stakes winners So Many Ways, Fiftyshadesofhay, and Seaneen Girl are among the full field of 10 that are set to clash in the June 29 Iowa Oaks (gr. III) at Prairie Meadows.
Our Double Play will try to extend his win streak to three races when the Grand Slam colt faces six other 3-year-olds in the $250,000 Iowa Derby (gr. III) June 29 at Prairie Meadows.
Six horses are entered in the grade III, 1 1/8-mile race at Prairie Meadows on the night of June 29.
Kaptain Kujo became the first winner for freshman sire Singing Saint when he won a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race June 15 at Prairie Meadows.
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