The Prairie Meadows Racetrack in Altoona, Iowa, hosts both thoroughbred and quarter horse racing. The thoroughbred meet runs from the end of April to the middle of August, and the quarter horse meet runs from August through October. There are three graded stakes races for thoroughbreds over the course of their season, including the Cornhusker Handicap, the Iowa Derby, and the Iowa Oaks. All three races have Grade 3 status.
In addition to Prairie Meadows, there are a few other thoroughbred racetracks in Iowa, including:
- The Dubuque Racing Association in East Dubuque, Iowa
- The Fort Dodge Race Track in Fort Dodge, Iowa
- The Lakeside Racetrack in Oskaloosa, Iowa
These tracks offer a variety of thoroughbred races, including stakes races, overnight races, and claiming races.
If you are interested in watching thoroughbred horse racing in Iowa, we recommend checking out the Prairie Meadows Racetrack website or the website of the Iowa Thoroughbred Association. These websites will have information on the upcoming races, as well as ticket information.