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Prairie Meadows Quarter Horse meet condition books released


May 4, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

Daily purses average $120,000


The first condition book for the 2010 Prairie Meadows American Quarter Horse meet is now available to horsemen for the season that starts Friday, August 13, and runs through Saturday, September 25.


(Note: Click http://www.theracingjournal.com/news/file.php?form_id=463 to download the condition book for the Quarter Horse meet.)

Quarter Horse Racing Secretary Chad Keller reports stall applications are due on July 1 and both the condition book and stall application are available online at www.prairiemeadows.com.

The Quarter Horses will race on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 6:30pm. A special post time of 4:00 p.m. on Labor Day Monday (September 6) has been added to this year’s schedule.

The 26-day meeting will be exclusive to Quarter Horses, with eight or more races each race day and average daily purses of $120,000. The 2010 Quarter Horse stakes schedule, worth an estimated $1.1 million, will feature nine graded races among the 22 stakes races.

The Grade II Bank of America Prairie Meadows Challenge Championship spotlights the weekend of August 27-28, accompanied by an impressive Racing Challenge stakes lineup that will feature five additional Championships plus an undercard stakes for Iowa stallion 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds.

Prairie Meadows Quarter Horse Champions Night on Friday, September 24, kicks off a bonanza of stakes on closing weekend and features a trio of Grade III races – the Valley Junction Futurity, Altoona Derby, and the Two Rivers Stakes.

Iowa Quarter Horse Champions Night rounds out the season on Saturday, September 25, and features an all Iowa-bred race card highlighted by two restricted Grade IIIs – the Jim Bader Futurity and the Terrace Hill Stakes.

“It’s still early on in the process, but all of the response for the upcoming meet has been very positive,” said Keller on May 4th. “This year, we will hold at least eight races per day and $120,000 in purses per day. That, complemented by great facilities, a well-maintained barn area with over 1300 stalls, and the mild, late summer weather, we believe we can offer some of the most attractive conditions anywhere to run your horses.

“In 2010 we are paying out all places in overnight races,” Keller added, “which means that owners whose horses finish sixth through last place will receive $90. Plus, we have increased the minimum jockey pay scale from $75 to $90 for mounts that finish fifth through last place. Prairie Meadows has made every effort to accommodate Quarter Horse owners, trainers, and jockeys to race at our facility.”

Horsemen can visit http://www.theracingjournal.com/info/track.php?track_id=77 for more information about Prairie Meadows. Click the Prairie Meadows logo to link to the Prairie Meadows website for other information, including stall applications, stakes schedule, and nomination forms. Or, contact Quarter Horse Racing Secretary Chad Keller by phone at (515) 957-3027 or by e-mail at Chad.Keller@prairiemeadows.com.