Prairie Meadows Horse Racing

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Address: 1 Prairie Meadows Dr, Altoona, Iowa 50009, United States


Located in the Altoona, about five miles from Des Moines, Iowa, Prairie Meadows Raceway has a one mile dirt track with a chute for quarter horses.

Prairie Meadows held its first race in the spring of 1989, almost six years after the state of Iowa legalized parimutuel betting. The track hit some hard times in those first few years but got back on track by 1993 and even expanded in 2006.

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Prairie Meadows Track Schedule

Live Racing: Friday - Sunday

Racing Calendar:  Thoroughbred racing: April through August. Quarter Horse racing: August through October. Standardbred racing: October

Course type: Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse

Notable Races: Cornhusker Handicap (Grade 2), Iowa Oaks (Grade 3), Iowa Derby (Grade 3), Bank of America Challenge Championships

Main track: 1 mile, oval

Distance from last turn to finish line: 1,033 feet


Stakes Races at Prairie Meadows

Cornhusker Handicap
Iowa Oaks
Iowa Derby

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