Prairie Meadows Stall Applications Available

Prairie Meadows meet opens August 16.

Press Release

Prairie Meadows will again host the Bank of America Challenge Championships.

Prairie Meadows Quarter Horse Racing Secretary Chad Keller reminds horsemen of upcoming important dates with regard to the track’s 2014 American Quarter Horse meet, which runs August 16 through October 18 and will be highlighted by this year’s Bank of America Challenge Championships.

Stall Applications and the First Condition Book for the 27-day meet are available at this time. Stall applications are due by Thursday, July 3.

The Quarter Horses will race on Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 1 p.m.

Please note that post time on closing weekend, October 17-18, will start a half-hour later, beginning at 7 p.m. (CT).

Daily Quarter Horse purses will average approximately $150,000 per race day. Maiden special weight purses will be $10,500 for open contenders and $14,574 for state-bred contenders. The top-level, open allowance purses will be $15,000, and the Iowa-bred allowance purses will be $20,820.

Prairie Meadows will host 31 Quarter Horse Stakes with an estimated value of more than $2.3 million. The Bank of America Regional Challenge Championships on September 13 will be worth more than $200,000 in purses plus added moneys, highlighted by the Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge (G2).

Prairie Meadows has great hopes again this year for its top 2- and 3-year-old races, the Valley Junction Futurity and the Altoona Derby. The Valley Junction Futurity, which paid an all-time high purse of $282,250 in 2013, will be held this year on October 17 and will be worth an estimated $235,000. The Altoona Derby, which also paid an all-time high purse of $146,800 in 2013, will be worth an estimated $110,000 this year and will be held on October 18.

Four Iowa-bred championships worth $370,000, plus added purse money, will be held on closing weekend, October 17-18. The signature event for statebreds is the Jim Bader Memorial Futurity worth an estimated $150,000.

Also on closing weekend, October 17-18, the Bank of America Challenge Championships, which Prairie Meadows has been selected to host for the second time in the past three years, will feature a dozen stakes races. Six of the 12 stakes will be national Challenge Championship races worth nearly $1.1 million. The Challenge Championships’ signature event is the Grade I Bank of America Challenge Championship on October 18 worth $350,000.

Prairie Meadows’ 2014 purse schedule, racing calendar, and stakes schedule for the Quarter Horse meet accompany this release.

Horsemen wishing to be added to the mailing list for Condition Books and Stall Applications may contact the Prairie Meadows Racing Office at 800-325-9015 ext. 1205, or by email to Racing Secretary Chad Keller, Horsemen are also encouraged to visit “Racing” for additional information.

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