Prairie Meadows Installs New Safety Rail

The track will host this year's Bank of America Challenge Championships in October.

Edited press release

Prairie Meadows Racetrack has installed a new safety rail.

When the starting gates open at Prairie Meadows for the first race of the Thoroughbred meet on April 27, horses and jockeys will circle a brand new inside rail.

Shortly after the live racing season ended in 2016, crews from Prairie Meadows and Horsemen’s Track & Equipment in Kentucky began the work of removing and replacing the existing inside rail.

Prairie Meadows has installed a new
safety rail. Located near Des Moines,
the track's American Quarter Horse
meet opens in August. PHOTO:
Prairie Meadows.

"It was the original inside rail at this track; it served us well for over 20 years, but it was time for an update," said Prairie Meadows track superintendent Lamont Marks. "Our new Rider Protection System® rail upgrades Prairie Meadows to exceed industry standards, and it provides the utmost safety for our jockeys and horses.

"It’s the same inside rail that’s being used at tracks such as Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Turfway Park, Gulfstream Park, and Oaklawn," he added.

According to information from Horsemen’s Track & Equipment, the Rider Protection System® was created under a US patent. If an accident occurs, the rail is designed to help minimize injuries to horses and riders. Additionally, the top panels of the rail have been constructed to avoid deterioration when exposed to ultraviolet rays and to minimize shadows cast onto the track surface.

Following other major racing facilities’ lead, Prairie Meadows has replaced its round-style distance markers with new squared-style poles. The new poles are a combination of red and white for the quarter-mile markers, green and white for the eighth-mile markers, and black and white for the sixteenth-mile markers.

Prairie Meadows' Thoroughbred meet runs through August 12 and will be followed by a Quarter Horse meet from August 19-October 14. This year's Quarter Horse season will be highlighted by the Bank of America Challenge Championships on closing night.

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