Iowa Horseracing

Iowa is relatively a newcomer to horseracing compared to other States. The Iowa Legislature passed the Pari-Mutuel Wagering Act only in May of 1983, allowing qualified organizations to apply for a license to conduct pari-mutuel wagering on horse and dog racing. The Governor signed the bill and subsequently appointed the first Racing Commission on July 1, 1983.

Iowa horseracing is synonymous to Prairie Meadows Racecourse which received its license only in 1984. This racecourse has however catapulted Iowa into the racing limelight, and has become one of the leading racecourses in the industry.

Prairie Meadows Racecourse was the first racecourse built in Iowa. It opened its doors to the public on March 1, 1989.

Since then, Prairie Meadows has evolved into a casino, where slot machines are available, along with the viewing of simulcast horse racing events.

Iowa horseracing is highlighted by the Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap and the Iowa Distaff.

Iowa Horseracing Track

Horseracing Tracks