Prairie Meadows First Condition Book is Available

The track's American Quarter Horse meet opens August 20.

Edited press release

A new information board has been installed at Prairie Meadows, which opens its American Quarter Horse meet on August 20.

Prairie Meadows' first condition book for the first 14 days of its 2016 American Quarter Horse meet now available online and in print.

“This condition book, the first of two for the 2016 Quarter Horse season, covers racing from opening night August 20 through September 18,” said Prairie Meadows Quarter Horse racing secretary Chad Keller. “It includes the first five stakes races of the meet and the four AQHA Racing Challenge regional finals races scheduled for September 17.”

The four Racing Challenge regional finals are the 400-yard, $22,500-added Merial Prairie Meadows Distaff Challenge for fillies and mares; the 400-yard, $30,000-added Adequan Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge; the 350-yard, $40,000-added John Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile Challenge; and the 440-yard, $65,000-added Bank of America Prairie Meadows Championship Challenge for 3-year-olds and older.

Stall applications for the 2016 Quarter Horse season at Prairie Meadows are also available online. Completed applications are due in the racing office by July 7.

Post times for the Prairie Meadows meet have changed from last year. Racing begins at 5:30 p.m. (CDT) on Fridays, while Saturday and Sunday racing will start at 1 p.m.

During the final week of the season, racing will be offered Thursday, October 13 and Friday, October 14, beginning at 5:30 p.m., and Saturday, October 15, starting at 1.

When live racing returned to Prairie Meadows this year with the start of the Thoroughbred meet in late April, horsemen and fans noticed upgrades to the infield tote board, AJ’s Steakhouse, and Hop’s Lounge. There are now two 9' x 33’ high-definition information boards on both sides of the new LED, and odds and wagering totals are in the center of the tote board.

Also, a new jumbo 18’ x 31’ high-definition Daktronics video screen, similar to those at major tracks like Keeneland and Del Mar, sits atop the tote board to provide a clear view of every live race.

AJ’s Steak House, a favorite gathering place for Prairie Meadows horsemen, has undergone significant expansion and renovations since last year. Just inside the track apron doors, Hop’s Lounge, another popular race day spot for horsemen and fans alike, has also undergone renovation for the 2016 racing season.

And on the backside, the Track Kitchen has been re-opened this year and offers breakfast and lunch Wednesdays through Sundays from 6 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

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