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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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Newest Issue of American Racehorse Features Articles on Social Media for Horsemen, New Stallions for 2017 and Kentucky Derby Winner Charismatic

Newest Issue of American Racehorse Features Articles on Social Media for Horsemen, New Stallions for 2017 and Kentucky Derby Winner Charismatic

The November/December issue of American Racehorse (formerly Southern Racehorse) magazine is now available online by clicking here. This issue of American Racehorse magazine features articles about Kentucky Derby winner Charismatic returning home from Japan, how social media can help horsemen promote themselves and their sport, and the new crop of stallions coming to the Midwest […]

Iowa-bred Chanel’s Legacy Wins Gaylord Memorial, Texas-breds Run Second and Third

Iowa-bred Chanel’s Legacy Wins Gaylord Memorial, Texas-breds Run Second and Third

The first stakes race of the Remington Park season for 2-year-old fillies went to Chanel’s Legacy who pulled clear to win the $50,000 E.L. Gaylord Memorial Stakes by 4-3/4 lengths on Friday night. Owned by Poindexter Thoroughbreds of Springfield, Mo. and trained by Lynn Chleborad, Chanel’s Legacy was ridden by Ramon Vazquez. The gray filly […]

Posted in: IOWA, OKLAHOMA, TEXAS
Iowa Classic Day Celebrates Iowa-breds

Iowa Classic Day Celebrates Iowa-breds

By John Hernandez Photos by Coady Photography Prairie Meadows brought down the curtain on its Thoroughbred meet on August 13 with Iowa Classic Day featuring seven stakes for Iowa-breds. The first Iowa Classic race was a steal of a deal for co-owners Tom Allen, Dan Sears, Otto Farms Inc. (Norm Olson) and trainer Dick Clark, […]

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Newest Issue of American Racehorse Features Articles about Ak-Sar-Ben, Barn Buddies and Much More

Newest Issue of American Racehorse Features Articles about Ak-Sar-Ben, Barn Buddies and Much More

The September/October issue of American Racehorse (formerly Southern Racehorse) magazine is now available online by clicking here. This issue of American Racehorse magazine features a long-form article about the magic of Ak-Sar-Ben racetrack in Omaha, Nebraska, plus a look at the Indiana breeding program of Jim and Amy Elliott, the story of a 12-year-old boy […]

Raising Rumors Completes Texas-bred Sweep of Prairie Meadows 2-Year-Old Stakes

Raising Rumors Completes Texas-bred Sweep of Prairie Meadows 2-Year-Old Stakes

One night after Texas-bred Grandma’s Princess captured the $65,000 Prairie Gold Lassie Stakes for fillies at Prairie Meadows for breeder/owner Tom Durant, trainer Randy Morse and jockey Ken Tohill, the three teamed with another Texas-bred, Raising Rumors, on Friday night to win the $65,000 Prairie Gold Juvenile Stakes. The gelding by Sing Baby Sing, who […]

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Texas-breds Grandma’s Princess, Country Candy Run 1-2 Prairie Gold Lassie

Texas-breds Grandma’s Princess, Country Candy Run 1-2 Prairie Gold Lassie

A pair of Texas-breds swept the exacta in the $65,000 Prairie Gold Lassie Stakes at Prairie Meadows on Thursday night as Grandma’s Princess prevailed over Country Candy in the stakes for 2-year-old fillies. Ridden by Ken Tohilll for breeder/owner Tom Durant and trainer Randy Morse, Grandma’s Princess won by a half-length in a time of […]

Posted in: IOWA, TEXAS
Newest Issue of American Racehorse Features Articles on King Ranch, OTTBs in Colorado and Summer Heat

Newest Issue of American Racehorse Features Articles on King Ranch, OTTBs in Colorado and Summer Heat

The July/August issue of American Racehorse (formerly Southern Racehorse) magazine is now available online by clicking here. This issue of American Racehorse magazine includes articles on Texas’ King Ranch, how to help your horse handle the heat, a track announcer who rides retired racehorses and tax tips about advertising, plus much more including racing and […]

Coady Photography Announces Amateur Photo Contest

Coady Photography Announces Amateur Photo Contest

Coady Photography, America’s premier professionals for shooting racetrack pictures, is searching the globe to find the best amateur horse-racing photographer. The inaugural Coady International Amateur Horse Racing Photography Contest will be judged by an all-star panel of photojournalist experts. The free competition is open to amateur photographers at least 18 years old, with up to […]

Oklahoma and Texas Horses Shotgun Kowboy, Texas Chrome, Country Candy Run Big in Major Stakes

Oklahoma and Texas Horses Shotgun Kowboy, Texas Chrome, Country Candy Run Big in Major Stakes

A trio of Oklahoma- and Texas-bred horses hit the board in major stakes over the July 4th holiday weekend. In the Grade 3, $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap in Iowa on July 2, reigning Oklahoma Horse of the Year Shotgun Kowboy finished a game second to Kentucky-bred Smack Smack, who also has strong Oklahoma connections. […]

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Prairie Meadows Changes Equine Herpesvirus Policy Effective Immediately

Prairie Meadows Changes Equine Herpesvirus Policy Effective Immediately

Because of serious concerns regarding the recent positive confirmation of the neurologic strain of Equine Herpesvirus at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico, Prairie Meadows Racetrack in Altoona, IA has changed its EHV-1 policy effective immediately. Until further notice, no horses will be allowed to enter the stable area of Prairie Meadows Racetrack if they are […]

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It’s the Swede, Ooey Gooey Win Iowa-bred Stakes at Prairie Meadows

It’s the Swede, Ooey Gooey Win Iowa-bred Stakes at Prairie Meadows

Prairie Meadows held a pair of Iowa-bred stakes this past weekend with It’s the Swede taking the $60,000 Mamie Eisenhower Stakes on Friday and Ooey Gooey winning the $60,000 John Wayne Stakes on Saturday. In the Eisenhower for fillies and mares, William Hobbs’ homebred It’s the Swede scored her first stakes win with a two-length […]

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Newest Issue of American Racehorse Now Online with Features about Hazel Park, Equine Photography and More

Newest Issue of American Racehorse Now Online with Features about Hazel Park, Equine Photography and More

The May/June issue of American Racehorse (formerly Southern Racehorse) magazine is now available online by clicking here. This issue of American Racehorse magazine includes articles on Michigan’s Hazel Park, how to take better horse photos and an OTTB that found a new career after a stint in Hollywood and on the racetrack, plus much more […]

Prairie Meadows Lifts EHV-1 Restrictions

Prairie Meadows Lifts EHV-1 Restrictions

Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack, and Hotel will end, effective Tuesday, May 10, the additional Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) bio-security protocols implemented three weeks ago on April 18. “Barns that were placed under restriction will be able to resume their normal operations and schedules in the stable area and on the race track,” said Dr. John Sweeney, […]

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Brody’s Cause to Run for Iowa Community College in Kentucky Derby

Brody’s Cause to Run for Iowa Community College in Kentucky Derby

Iowa residents Dennis and Susan Albaugh announced that if their horse, Brody’s Cause, wins the 142nd annual running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs, he will donate his share of the purse, $500,000 to the DMACC (Des Moines Area Community College) Foundation. Mr. Albaugh made the announcement during DMACC’s 50th Anniversary Gala […]

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Prairie Meadows Opens Thoroughbred Meet on Thursday

Prairie Meadows Opens Thoroughbred Meet on Thursday

Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack, and Hotel garnered plenty of attention at the entry box as horsemen placed 71 runners into nine races for the opening night of the 67-day Thoroughbred season on Thursday, April 28. “The horsemen stepped up and helped us fill nine competitive races,” said Racing Secretary Pat Pope. “We’re appreciative of their […]

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Prairie Meadows Implements Additional Equine Herpesvirus-1 Bio-Security Protocols

Prairie Meadows Implements Additional Equine Herpesvirus-1 Bio-Security Protocols

Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack, and Hotel will implement additional Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) bio-security protocols effective immediately. Prairie Meadows is set to open its 2016 Thoroughbred racing season on Thursday, April 28. “The track is not under quarantine and we have had no positive tests for EHV-1 here,” said Dr. John Sweeney, the Iowa Racing and […]

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Prairie Meadows Unveils Upgrades for 2016 Season

Prairie Meadows Unveils Upgrades for 2016 Season

With the start of the 2016 live racing season fast approaching, Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino has put the finishing touches on multi-million dollar upgrades, improvements, and renovations in television and hospitality. In preparation for the upcoming season, Prairie Meadows worked in partnership with American Teletimer during the offseason to convert the entire television department […]

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Newest Issue of American Racehorse Features Wood-Mere Farm, Iowa-breds, Insurance Tips

Newest Issue of American Racehorse Features Wood-Mere Farm, Iowa-breds, Insurance Tips

The March/April issue of American Racehorse (formerly Southern Racehorse) magazine is now available online by clicking here. This issue of American Racehorse magazine includes articles on Minnesota’s Wood-Mere Farm, the success of Iowa-breds around the country, the basics of insurance and whether it’s right for you, how gelding a horse affects performance on the track, […]

Prairie Meadows Announces EHV-1 Policy

Prairie Meadows Announces EHV-1 Policy

Prairie Meadows Racetrack has adopted a policy for Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) that will be in effect for the 2016 Thoroughbred racing season at this Altoona, IA track. The Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) policy applies to all horses shipping into Prairie Meadows, which opens its stables to horses on April 1 and holds its first day of […]

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