06/08/2005 12:00AM

Prairie Meadows track report


A barn at Prairie Meadows remained quarantined Wednesday pending the results of tests to determine whether a horse who had been stabled in the barn has the equine herpes virus.

Monday afternoon, an unraced 3-year-old trained by Paul Pearson was transported to Iowa State University and placed in isolation after displaying a high temperature and other possible signs of the virus.

On Tuesday, state veterinarian Dr. Keith Soring was hopeful the results of the tests would be in by Wednesday. But Prairie Meadows director of racing Derron Heldt said Wednesday afternoon that he did not expect the test results to be back until at least Friday.

The horses in Barn D-4, spread out among seven different trainers, are not allowed to train or race until the results are in. Three horses from that barn had to be scratched from Tuesday's card.

Shipping restrictions were eased at Prairie on Wednesday. Horses will now be permitted to enter the Prairie Meadows backside to go to the ship-in barn only. Horses shipping in will need health certificates before leaving Prairie Meadows, and certain jurisdictions may not allow horses to return after shipping to Prairie Meadows. No other horses will be permitted to leave the stable area without consent of the state vet's office.

On Tuesday, the Iowa Department of Agriculture was not allowing any horse to ship into or out of Prairie Meadows.

* As of Wednesday afternoon, 13 spots remained for the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship qualifying tournament to be held here June 18. The tournament costs $100 to enter and will be restricted to 100 entries. The top three finishers receive an automatic bid and an expenses-paid trip to the $500,000 DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas.

All entry fees will be returned as prize money, with payoffs for the top 10 finishers. The tournament format calls for $2 mythical win and place wagers on the nine live Prairie Meadows races as well as on six simulcast races from around the country that will be selected next Thursday.

For more information, contact Prairie Meadows promotions coordinator Brooke Beaman at (515) 967-8501.