|PRAIRIE MEADOWS RACECOURSE|
|The Prairie Meadows racecourse can be found in the town of Altoona in the state of Iowa. Negotiations to build a track began in 1984, but it was to take 5 years before the inuagural meeting on 1st March 1989. Success was short lived and the track became bankrupt with racing ceasing in 1992.|
|Money from a casino and slots allowed racing to return in 1994 and it went from strength to strength.|
|Its principal race is the Iowa Derby which is run over 8 and a half furlongs, first being contested in 1999 when the Willie Martinez ridden Grits'n Hard Toast was successful. Most recently in 2009 Duke of Mischief was the latest Derby winner.|
|Other feature races at the track are the Iowa Oaks for
fillies and the Priaire Meadows Breeders Cup Handicap.
|If you have badges, racecards, pictures of the racecourse or further details about the course, including your memories, then email firstname.lastname@example.org|