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Fan Friendly Improvements for 2016 Prairie Meadows Meeting

Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino will have a new look when its Thoroughbred meet begins April 28.

The Iowa track has added two high-definition information boards on either side of its LED odds and wagering totals display. A jumbo 18-foot-by-31-foot high definition Daktronics video screen, similar to those installed at Keeneland and Del Mar, will sit atop the tote board to provide a view of every live race.

"We will have expanded capabilities all over the facility," said Prairie Meadows television manager Ryan Dunn said in an April 4 release. "We will have the ability to incorporate multiple assets into the race-day television programming, including social media content. We will be able to take viewers into new places they've never seen before on a simulcast signal."

Dunn said the system-wide high-definition upgrade increases the total number of cameras on the signal from nine to 14, including new cameras on the starting gate, stewards' stand, announcer's booth, and a wireless camera that will provide coverage of the entire track apron and infield.

On the hospitality side, AJ's Steakhouse, a favorite gathering place for Prairie Meadows horsemen, has undergone significant expansion and renovations since the end of the 2015 racing season.

"We have completely changed the look and feel of AJ's Steakhouse," said Clay Willey, director of hospitality. "We expanded the lounge area, installed a larger bar, and increased the seating to 44. Overall, we opened up the dining room area, brightened the look, and upped the total capacity to over 200."

Willey said with changes to the racing schedule, including Saturday afternoon racing, AJ's will have adjusted hours to meet the needs of the horsemen.

"We will also re-open the backside kitchen in the stable area," Willey said. "Normal hours will be 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The kitchen will also be open on Monday, May 30 and Monday, July 4."

Hop's Lounge, located just off the apron, also has been renovated for the 2016 meet.




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