Uncertainty From Prairie Meadows Leaving Horsemen, Horses In The Lurch

Trainers who would normally migrate from the winter race circuit down south to Prairie Meadows are caught in limbo, The Blood-Horse reported this week. Trainers who usually make the trip between Oaklawn and Prairie Meadows are uncertain where they will go, as Oaklawn prepares to close its backstretch later this month.

For owners and trainers with Iowa-breds, that means they may be forced to run elsewhere for less money, and may face tougher competition. Many Prairie Meadows regulars already had a tough winter, as Oaklawn attracted barns and riders from out-of-state, making it tougher to win races for more local and regional outfits.

Prairie Meadows would normally have begun a mixed-breed meet at the beginning of May, but instead the track has furloughed more than 1,100 workers.

Track management have told media they are hesitant to set a reopen date, go through all the protocols, and then have to shut down again if there is a second wave of COVID-19 infections.

Read more at The Blood-Horse

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