History of horse betting in IA
Iowa entered the horse racing scene relatively late, with the legalization of pari-mutuel racing occurring in 1983. Initially, all racing events took place at fair tracks, but this practice was halted in 1988.
Prairie Meadows Racetrack made its debut in 1989, originally hosting three distinct meets for thoroughbreds, standardbreds, and quarter horse racing. However, standardbred racing was phased out at the track in the mid-2010s. It's noteworthy that TVG serves as the official online betting partner for Prairie Meadows in Iowa.
You can bet on live races at the track during race meets, and there is simulcast wagering on races from all around the country all year long.
About Prairie Meadows in Iowa
Prairie Meadows commenced operations in 1989, a move that helped address the limited availability of live thoroughbred racing in Iowa after the official legalization of pari-mutuel racing in 1983.
The racing season at Prairie Meadows spans from May to October annually and encompasses both thoroughbred and quarter horse races. A notable event in this calendar is the Cornhusker Handicap, a Grade III stakes race held at the end of June.
In 1995, Prairie Meadows introduced slot machines, evolving into a comprehensive racino establishment. Today, it offers a diverse array of attractions, including table games, slot machines, and a dedicated poker room.
For the convenience of visitors, the on-site hotel boasts 168 rooms, providing a comfortable stay. Additionally, guests can explore a range of dining options and entertainment opportunities to enhance their overall experience.
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