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Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack & Hotel

Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack & Hotel is a horse-racing track and casino in Altoona, Iowa, United States. It opened in 1989, at Prairie Meadows Dr.

Saratoga Race Course

Saratoga Race Course is a horse-racing track in Saratoga Springs, New York, United States. It opened on August 3, 1863, and is the oldest organized sporting venue of any kind in the United States. It is typically open for racing from late July through early September.

History

It all started in the early 1980s when several local business people visioned that creating a racetrack would improve Iowa’s agricultural community, economic development and job hiring in central Iowa and build a dynamic entertainment venue enticing visitors from all over the Midwest. In 1983, Pari-mutuel betting was legalized, and in 1984, Prairie Meadows acquired the license from the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission to operate the track.

Then on March 1, 1989, the track was opened. However, during its first few years of operation, it went to bankruptcy in November 1991. On May 17, 1994, legislation allowing the installation of slot machines at Prairie Meadows was passed, and on April 1, 1995, slot machines were installed. This brought success to the track, and finally able to pay their debts. On December 14, 2004, they added table games to the casino mix. The track continued to flourish and had a high demand for the addition of tables; hence, the facility’s expansion was approved on January 25, 2005. The construction started in September 2005, and the track was opened again in August 2006. Then the next year (February 2007), another two new restaurants and a 1,200-seat concert hall known as “The Meadows” were opened. In 2012, Prairie Meadows Hotel was opened, and another restaurant named Café at the Meadows was added.

Track Details

The track features a one-mile dirt track with a stretch width of 90 feet, the length of home Stretch is 990 feet, and the running direction is counterclockwise. It also offers various types of live racing and simulcast action, owned by Polk County, Iowa, and operated by the 13-Member Board of Directors. The casino is open 24/7, and the race type is thoroughbred, quarter Horse. The seating capacity is 1400, the clubhouse seating capacity is 2500, and the grandstand seating capacity is 2300.

History

It all started in the early 1980s when several local business people visioned that creating a racetrack would improve Iowa’s agricultural community, economic development and job hiring in central Iowa and build a dynamic entertainment venue enticing visitors from all over the Midwest. In 1983, Pari-mutuel betting was legalized, and in 1984, Prairie Meadows acquired the license from the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission to operate the track.

Then on March 1, 1989, the track was opened. However, during its first few years of operation, it went to bankruptcy in November 1991. On May 17, 1994, legislation allowing the installation of slot machines at Prairie Meadows was passed, and on April 1, 1995, slot machines were installed. This brought success to the track, and finally able to pay their debts. On December 14, 2004, they added table games to the casino mix. The track continued to flourish and had a high demand for the addition of tables; hence, the facility’s expansion was approved on January 25, 2005. The construction started in September 2005, and the track was opened again in August 2006. Then the next year (February 2007), another two new restaurants and a 1,200-seat concert hall known as “The Meadows” were opened. In 2012, Prairie Meadows Hotel was opened, and another restaurant named Café at the Meadows was added.

Track Details

The track features a one-mile dirt track with a stretch width of 90 feet, the length of home Stretch is 990 feet, and the running direction is counterclockwise. It also offers various types of live racing and simulcast action, owned by Polk County, Iowa, and operated by the 13-Member Board of Directors. The casino is open 24/7, and the race type is thoroughbred, quarter Horse. The seating capacity is 1400, the clubhouse seating capacity is 2500, and the grandstand seating capacity is 2300.

History

John Hunter, who became the first chairman of The Jockey Club, and William R. Travers built Saratoga Race Course. The original track was built across Union Avenue from the present Saratoga Race Course at the current location of the Oklahoma Track (training track), which opened the following year. Since 1864 the track has been the site of the Travers Stakes, the oldest major thoroughbred horse race in the United States, which is the main draw of the annual summer race meeting. The Saratoga meet originally consisted of only four days, but over time was lengthened, and for many years, the meet lasted for four weeks. In the 1990’s it was lengthened to five weeks. Today it is a six-week meeting ending on Labor Day. In 2009, NYRA extended the 2010 racing meet by 4 days. From 1943 to 1945, racing was not held at Saratoga Race Course due to travel restrictions during the war. During those years, the stakes races that would have been run at Saratoga Race Course were contested at Belmont Park instead.

Saratoga Race Course has two well-known nicknames — The Spa (for the nearby mineral springs), and the “Graveyard of Champions” (for the upsets that have occurred there). Man o’ War suffered his only defeat in 21 starts while racing at Saratoga Race Course; Secretariat was defeated at Saratoga Race Course by Onion after winning the Triple Crown; and Gallant Fox was beaten by 100-1 long shot Jim Dandy in the 1930 Travers Stakes. In 1999, Saratoga Race Course was rated as Sports Illustrated’s #10 sports venue of the 20th Century.

As is the case with the other two tracks operated by the New York Racing Association – Aqueduct and Belmont Park – there are three separate tracks in the main course at Saratoga Race Course.

Contact

  • 1 Prairie Meadows Dr, Altoona, IA 50009, United States

  • Phone: +1 515-967-1000

  • https://www.prairiemeadows.com/

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