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Prairie Meadows Racing Club’s How About Him Wins Debut

Prairie Meadows Racing Club’s How About Him Wins Debut

Since trainer Kelly Von Hemel claimed the gray gelding, How About Him, on May 12, the 95 members of the inaugural Prairie Meadows Racing Club (the Club) had been patiently waiting for their horse’s big debut. On Saturday, May 27, How About Him competed in his first race as the Club’s horse. He faced seven […]

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Iowa-breds Rockin Rudy and Chanel’s Legacy Set for Graded Stakes at Oaklawn

Iowa-breds Rockin Rudy and Chanel’s Legacy Set for Graded Stakes at Oaklawn

The number of registered Thoroughbreds born in Iowa in 2014 was 253, or 1.1 percent of the entire North American crop. But two are in graded stakes during Oaklawn Park’s Racing Festival of the South: Rockin Rudy in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) and Chanel’s Legacy in Friday’s $400,000 Fantasy (G3). Both were bred […]

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Newest Issue of American Racehorse Now Online with Articles about Oaklawn’s Triple Crown Preps

Newest Issue of American Racehorse Now Online with Articles about Oaklawn’s Triple Crown Preps

The Spring 2017 issue of American Racehorse (formerly Southern Racehorse) magazine is now available online by clicking here. This issue of American Racehorse magazine features articles about the rise of Oaklawn’s Triple Crown prep races, immigration issues facing the racing industry, the Bo Jackson of horse racing and much more. The issue also includes racing and […]

Prairie Meadows Introduces All-New Racing Club, Kelly Von Hemel to Train

Prairie Meadows Introduces All-New Racing Club, Kelly Von Hemel to Train

Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack, & Hotel returns this racing season with an exciting behind-the-scenes look at Thoroughbred ownership. The property is introducing the all-new Prairie Meadows Racing Club I (“Club”). The Club provides its members a low risk pathway to becoming a racehorse owner. The Club is a low-cost, social and educational glimpse into the […]

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Horse of the Year and Kentucky Derby Winner Charismatic Passes Away

Horse of the Year and Kentucky Derby Winner Charismatic Passes Away

Dual classic winner and 1999 Horse of the Year Charismatic has died. The 20-year-old stallion, who returned to the United States from the JBBA Shizunai Stallion Station in Japan on December 4, 2016, was pensioned at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, KY. The announcement of his sudden passing was made this afternoon […]

Iowa-bred Chanel’s Legacy Captures Martha Washington Stakes at Oaklawn

Iowa-bred Chanel’s Legacy Captures Martha Washington Stakes at Oaklawn

Poindexter Thoroughbred LLC’s Chanel’s Legacy improved her 2017 record to a perfect two for two with her impressive 2 ½-length victory over My Sweet Stella in Saturday’s $125,000 Martha Washington Stakes at Oaklawn. Despite her victory in the Jan. 21 Dixie Belle Stakes, the winner was dismissed at odds of 13-1 and returned $28.20, $11.60 […]

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Newest Issue of American Racehorse Features Articles on Centennial Race Track and More

Newest Issue of American Racehorse Features Articles on Centennial Race Track and More

The Winter 2017 issue of American Racehorse (formerly Southern Racehorse) magazine is now available online by clicking here. This issue of American Racehorse magazine features articles about Colorado’s Centennial Race Track and the horses and horsemen who raced there, Thoroughbred stallions and their influence on American Quarter Horse racing, how a retired racehorse is excelling in […]

Iowa-bred Chanel’s Legacy Takes Dixie Belle Stakes at Oaklawn

Iowa-bred Chanel’s Legacy Takes Dixie Belle Stakes at Oaklawn

Iowa-bred Chanel’s Legacy, at odds of 5-1, came flying down the lane to win Saturday’s $125,000 Dixie Belle Stakes at Oaklawn before an on-track crowd of 10,000. It was the second Dixie Belle victory for owner Allen Poindexter and trainer Lynn Chleborad since 2013 when American Sugar won the six furlong race. Jockey Alex Birzer […]

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Prairie Meadows Sets 2017 Racing Calendar

Prairie Meadows Sets 2017 Racing Calendar

The Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission has approved Prairie Meadows Casino Racetrack and Hotel’s 28th season of live horse racing at their one-mile oval track, located just outside of Des Moines. Prairie Meadows will continue to feature both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meets with a few adjustments on post-times and scheduling that will benefit the […]

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Trainer Don Von Hemel Closing in on First Millionaire Racehorse with Smack Smack

Trainer Don Von Hemel Closing in on First Millionaire Racehorse with Smack Smack

Trainer Don Von Hemel of Hot Springs is a member of the Nebraska Racing Hall of Fame, is credited with 2,516 victories since 1956, was Oaklawn’s leading trainer in 1981 and saddled Win Stat to set a world record for a mile and 70 yards in 1984 at Oaklawn. But, Von Hemel, 82, has never […]

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