Prairie Meadows Meet Opens Saturday

The track's Quarter Horse season runs through October 15.

Q-Racing Journal

Live Quarter Horse racing returns to Prairie Meadows with a 10-race card on Saturday. PHOTO: Prairie Meadows

Prairie Meadows near Des Moines, Iowa, will open its 2016 American Quarter Horse meet with a 10-race program on Saturday. Post time for the first race is set for 1 p.m. (CDT).

Prairie Meadows will feature a 17-race stakes schedule worth approximately $1,337,000 in purse money, topped by the 350-yard, $225,000-est. Valley Junction Futurity on closing night, October 15. The Valley Junction Futurity is one of eight stakes scheduled for closing night, as the others include the 350-yard, $200,000-est. Jim Bader Futurity (R) for Iowa-bred 2-year-olds; the 400-yard, $125,000-est. Polk County Derby (R) for Iowa-bred 3-year-olds; and the 400-yard, $100,000-est. Altoona Derby.

Prairie Meadows will also host four regional Bank of America Challenge Championship races on September 17, led by the 440-yard, $70,000-added Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge. All winners of these four races will earn berths in the October 29 Bank of America Challenge Championships at Los Alamitos.

Saturday's card features three Iowa Double Gold Derby (R) trials, five 350-yard Iowa Double Gold Futurity (R) trials, and the 26th running of the 400-yard, $45,000 Keokuk Stakes (G3). The Keokuk features the return of AJs High, a multiple graded stakes winner trained by Charlton Hunt for owner Michael C. Teel. AJs High drew the rail post and will be ridden by Stormy Smith.

Click here for more information on Prairie Meadows' Quarter Horse meet.

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHA Racing on Twitter, "like" Q-Racing on Facebook, and visit www.aqharacing.com.