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Prairie Meadows opened 21 years ago

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ALTOONA (KWWL) -- Opening day of races at Prairie Meadows was March 1, 1989.  It was the first horse racing facility ever in the state of Iowa.

The track was granted a license from the Iowa State Racing Commission five years earlier.  Groundbreaking was held in 1987.  The casino expanded in 2001, and table games were added in 2004.

The facility employs more than 1,300 people and has given more than $435 million to the community.

Online Producer: Mike Verlo

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