11/10/2011 5:16PM

Prairie Meadows race days shift for 2012


The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission on Thursday approved a 67-day meet for Prairie Meadows in 2012 that will run from April 20 to Aug. 11 and have a Thursday-to-Sunday race week, a change from recent years when the track raced Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

With its $32 million hotel due to open by April 1, Prairie Meadows is hoping that the Thursday-through-Sunday schedule will help bring in fans for the entire weekend and boost its casino revenue, as well as ontrack betting on horse races.