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Prairie Meadows opens Quarter Horse meet Friday night

August 8, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

“America’s Fastest Athlete,” the American Quarter Horse, takes center stage at the Prairie Meadows racetrack on Friday, August 13.

The explosive, adrenalin-pumping action takes place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 6:30pm through Saturday, September 25. On Labor Day—Monday, September 6—the races will begin at a special post time of 4:00 p.m. Families are welcome to catch the thrill of watching the races outside on the track apron, or on the 4th floor of the Prairie Meadows clubhouse. (Persons under the age of 21 must be accompanied by an adult.)

Upcoming highlights include a special appearance by Denis Blake of the Q-Racing Aces this coming weekend on August 13 and 14, in sponsorship with the American Quarter Horse Association, and again on August 27-28 and September 24-25. Q-Racing Aces is a fan education program that shares the fun and excitement of the American Quarter Horse sport including free handicapping information and special giveaway items. Season highlights also include Morning at the Meadows on September 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.; KIOA ‘70s Summer on August 21; Van Wall Night at the Races on August 27; and Horse Racing 101 fan education on Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. through September 4.

The season’s 26-day format will average eight or more Quarter Horse races each race day and $120,000 per day in purses. The 2010 Quarter Horse stakes schedule, worth an estimated $1.1 million, will feature nine graded races among 22 stakes overall.

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 including the Valley Junction Futurity (Grade II), Altoona Derby (Grade III), and the Two Rivers Stakes (Grade III). Iowa Quarter Horse Champions Night, featuring restricted Grade III races for Iowa-breds, rounds out the season on Saturday, September 25.