Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino


1 Prairie Meadows Drive Altoona, IA 50009 Phone: (800) 325-9015 Website:

Racing Season: March - June August - December

Notable Prairie Meadows Racing Events

  • G3 Iowa Derby (TB) | 3-year-olds going 1-1/16 mi.
  • G3 Iowa Oaks (TB) | 3-year-old fillies going 1-1/16 mi.
  • G3 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (TB) | 3-year-olds & up going 1-1/8 mi.
  • Prairie Meadows Handicap (TB) | 3-year-olds & up going 1-1/16 mi.
  • G1 Challenge Championship (QH) | 3-year-olds & up going 440 yards
  • G1 Distaff Challenge Championship (QH) | 3-year-olds & up fillies & mares going 400 yards
  • G1 Distance Challenge Championship (QH) | 3-year-olds & up going 870 yards
  • G3 Derby Challenge Championship (QH) | 3-year-olds going 400 yards

History of Prairie Meadows Racetrack

Built in 1984 on 243 acres near the Adventureland Amusement Park in eastern Polk County, Prairie Meadows hosts some of the midwest's best Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing action, highlighted by the Iowa Festival of Racing. Besides horse racing, other animals like ostriches have graced the famed track in Iowa. Slot machines were introduced to the facility in 2005 and the property now includes a hotel and state-of-the-art amenities.

Prairie Meadows Racetrack Info

Prairie Meadows features a 1 mile dirt track with a chute for quarter horses

Things To Do At Prairie Meadows

Prairie Meadows isn’t just about horse racing, there is plenty to do and see! The race track offers several great options for dining, like AJ’s Steakhouse and Café at the Meadows. The track also hosts awesome concerts where performers like BB King, Smokey Robinson, and ZZ Top have played.