Prairie Meadows

Chleborad Fined for Confrontation With Iowa Vet Over Scratched Horses

After making good on a threat to "have it out" with a state veterinarian whom she accused of "picking on" her horses by scratching them from races because of soundness issues, Iowa-based trainer Lynn Chleborad was fined $500 by Prairie Meadows stewards for "disrespectful and intimidating" behavior. It was not immediately clear if Chleborad--who has been training for 34 years and shows no other rulings against her in The Jockey Club's online database--would be appealing the July 14 fine. According to the stewards' ruling, both Chleborad and state veterinarian Dr....

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Whitney Next for Knicks Go, BC Classic a Possibility

With his horse's year having been rejuvenated with a powerful performance in the GIII Prairie Meadows Cornhusker H., trainer Brad Cox is ready to tackle bigger and better things with stable star Knicks Go (Paynter). Cox said Wednesday that Knicks Go will race next Aug. 7 in Saratoga's GI Whitney S., a 'Win and You're In' to the GI Breeders' Cup Classic. "We always thought that the Whitney was the race we were going to point for this summer," Cox said. "We felt it was necessary to get a run...

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Lepic, Leech Inducted into Prairie Meadows Hall of Fame

Tom Lepic and Deb Leech, two long-time leaders in Iowa's horse racing industry, will be inducted into the Prairie Meadows  Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the track July 2. Lepic has been involved in the racing industry for nearly 50 years and is currently President of the Iowa Quarter Horse Racing Association. Leech served as a board member for the Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association from 2009 to 2016 and was president of the association from 2011 to 2016. Also being inducted into the track's hall of...

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Prairie Meadows Hosts Media ahead of New Season

Prairie Meadows will host media Monday, Apr. 26 at 9 a.m. in advance of the oval's opening day Apr. 30. The media will be provided with video footage, photos, and candid interviews with Prairie Meadows executives and racing personnel. To participate at Prairie Meadows' media conference, contact [email protected] Opening day, with first post at 6 p.m., will be followed by the simulcast of the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby Saturday, May 1. Races can be viewed from three locations on property, with the largest area outdoors near the track....

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Neuman Named Prairie Meadows Announcer

Bobby Neuman, the long-time voice of Calder Race Course and more recently a regular in the commentator's booth at Los Alamitos Race Course, will call the races at Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack and Hotel for the 2021 season. The meet begins Apr. 30 and runs through Sept. 25. Given a prior commitment to contribute to Horse Racing Radio Network's coverage of the GI Kentucky Oaks and GI Kentucky Derby, Neuman will be at the mic for the first time May 7. Former announcer Ken Miller will handle race-calling duties Apr....

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Prairie Meadows Approved for 84-Day Season

Prairie Meadows will host 84 days of live racing during its 2021 meet following approval by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission Thursday. Racing at the Altoona, IA oval will begin Friday, Apr. 30 with 26 days of Thoroughbreds only, followed by 58 days of mixed cards also featuring Quarter Horses until the conclusion of the meet on Sept. 25. Racing will be conducted on a Friday to Monday schedule, with first post times of 6:00 PM CDT on Fridays and Saturdays, and 4:00 PM CDT on Sundays and Mondays,...

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ITBOA Hosting Stallion Season Auction

The Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association is conducting an online auction of seasons to more than 100 stallions from 12 states. The auction begins Dec. 5 and closes at 7 p.m. (CDT) Monday, Dec. 14. A list of the stallions donated and details of the auction can be found here. Proceeds from the online auction will fund three stakes races for all 2022 offspring of stallions whose seasons are sold at this auction: The 2024 Stallion Futurity and two 2025 Stallion Stakes races for 3-year-olds, one for colts and...

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Iowa Trainer Testifies He 'Accidentally Spilled' Class 1 Substance Into Feed

A Prairie Meadows-based Thoroughbred who twice ran second within eight days while carrying a Class 1, Penalty A substance that humans consume to produce psychoactive effects has earned its trainer a one-year suspension and a $1,000 fine. According to an Iowa Racing Commission ruling dated Oct. 23, trainer Robert Roe "did not dispute the findings, nor did he deny he has to be penalized" after the Sept. 20 and 28 blood and urine samples for Candy My Boy (Candy Ride {Arg}) both came back positive for the banned substances mitragynine...

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Prairie Meadows Institutes New Jockey Policy

Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino is updating their jockey policies. The new policy goes into effect July 17 at 6:00 p.m. The following restrictions will be implemented: No new jockeys will be allowed into the current jockey colony at Prairie Meadows. Anyone in the current jockey colony that accepts a mount at another track must self-quarantine for a 14-day period. The quarantine period will start the day following the jockey's most recent mount outside of Prairie Meadows. Once the self-quarantine period is over, the jockey must provide proof of a...

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Out-of-State Restrictions Enforced at Prairie Meadows

With the latest developments nationwide, the following Out of State restrictions will be in place at Prairie Meadows effective Friday, July 10, 2020 at 6:00pm until further notice: Entry of any horse(s) currently in Texas or Florida will be accepted if the Out of State Trainer agrees to transfer such horse to a Trainer currently stabled at Prairie Meadows Shipping arrangements of such horse(s) should be made with the understanding that no essential barn area workers from Texas or Florida will be allowed on the grounds at Prairie Meadows.

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Iowa HBPA Offering Financial Assistance to Members

As Prairie Meadows Racetrack opens its doors for the 2020 season Friday, the Iowa Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association is offering a pair of programs designed to assist its members who might be feeling a financial pinch as a result of the delays caused by the coronavirus. Trainers may apply for $100 in assistance per Thoroughbred racehorse stabled at the Altoona track under the COVID-19 Horsemen's Assistance Program. The deadline to apply for the program is 3 p.m. CT Tuesday, June 30. The Iowa HBPA has also created the COVID-19...

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Despite Permission To Open, Prairie Meadows To Remain Closed

Despite a proclamation issued Thursday by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds allowing the state's horse and dog tracks to re-open to spectator-free racing, officials at Prairie Meadows in Altoona have elected to remain closed, declaring that it is still unsafe to conduct live racing. "At Prairie Meadows, we care deeply about the health and well-being of our family of employees, our guests, the horsemen, and our community," said Prairie Meadows President & CEO Gary Palmer. "This is a position in which we have been steadfast since deciding to close our full...

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