Prairie Meadows

Prairie Meadows

Prairie Meadows is a Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racetrack and racino in Altoona, Iowa. Prairie Meadows has a one mile dirt track with a chute for quarter horses. On site is a hotel and casino with 2,000 slot machines and casino game tables. Prairie Meadows is owned by Polk County and operated by a local, non-profit, 13-member board of directors. The revenues generated by Prairie Meadows are given to various community projects in the Des Moines area.

Prairie Meadows History

Prairie Meadows conducted its first day of racing on March 1, 1989. However, the track lost money during its first few years of operation and filed for bankruptcy in November 1991. Live racing was suspended for the 1992 season before revenues from off-track betting allowed racing to resume the following year. In 1995, revenue generating casino gaming was added to Prairie Meadows. Today Prairie Meadows offers guests a 168-room hotel, state-of-the-art guest amenities, a 2,000 slot machine casino, table games, live and simulcast horse racing, concerts, restaurants and lounges. As a non-profit, locally managed operation, Prairie Meadows has given more than $1 billion through taxes, grants and charitable donations to the state of Iowa and to thousands of worthwhile charitable organizations.

Prairie Meadows Live Horse Racing Schedule

Thoroughbred: April - August
Quarter Horse: August - October
Thursday - Sunday

Horse Racing Schedule

Prairie Meadows Layout


 Main Track: One mile, oval.
Distance from last turn to finish line: 1,033 feet.

Post Time at Prairie Meadows

Thursday, Friday, & Saturday: 6:30pm
Sunday: 1:00pm

Prairie Meadows Track Code


Prairie Meadows Wagering

$2 Daily Double, Exacta, Quinella, and Pick 3
$1 All other wagers

WPS: 17%
Daily Double, Quinella, and Exacta wagering: 20%
Trifecta and Pick 3 wagering: 23%
Pick 4 and Superfecta: 20%

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Prairie Meadows Contact Information

Prairie Meadows
1 Prairie Meadows Drive
Altoona, IA 50009