Chad Keller is Prairie Meadows Racing Secretary

Prairie Meadows appoints Chad Keller as racing secretary.

Press Release
March 28, 2013

Prairie Meadows

Prairie Meadows has named Chad Keller its new racing secretary over Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing. Keller, a native of Omaha, Nebraska, joined Prairie Meadows in 2000 filling the entry clerk and placing judge positions. Keller was named clerk of scales in 2001. In 2006, Keller was promoted to assistant Thoroughbred racing secretary. And, in 2008, Prairie Meadows added the title Quarter Horse racing secretary to his growing responsibilities.

Over the years, reports Prairie Meadows Racing Director Derron Heldt, Chad Keller has gained a deep and thorough understanding of the Prairie Meadows program, both with respect to statebred conditions and races in open company.

“From day one, we’ve appreciated having a professional with Chad’s ability, who also works well with others and has a fine attention for detail. The knowledge gained from his many years at Prairie Meadows makes Chad ideal for this position.”

Thoroughbred racing returns to Prairie Meadows on Friday, April 19. Race 1 post times for both the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meets will be 6:30 p.m. (CT) on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and 1:00 p.m. on Sundays. The 67-day Thoroughbred format runs through August 10; it will be exclusive with 9 or more races each race day and an average of $225,000 per day in purses. The 2013 Thoroughbred stakes schedule, worth an estimated $2.4 million will feature 34 stakes races including the Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap, Iowa Derby, and Iowa Oaks, all which offer a Grade III designation. The Iowa Festival of Racing, which draws numerous Breeders’ Cup eligibles from around the nation, will be held on June 28 and 29. The Iowa Classic features some of Iowa’s top-flight runners on Saturday, August 3.

The American Quarter Horse season starts on Saturday, August 17. The 26-day format will be exclusive with eight or more races each race day and an average of $130,000 per day in purses. The 2013 Quarter Horse stakes schedule, worth an estimated $1.3 million, will feature 10 graded races among 21 stakes overall. Prairie Meadows Quarter Horse Champions Night is October 11, which annually draws some of the midwest’s top athletes to compete in three Grade III stakes, Two Rivers, Altoona Derby, and Valley Junction Futurity. Iowa Champions Night is Saturday, October 12, featuring some of Iowa’s finest statebreds.

Horsemen are encouraged to visit www.prairiemeadows.com “Racing” for more information on the racing calendar, stall application, condition book, stakes schedule, nomination forms, and more. They can also contact Racing Secretary Chad Keller at 515-957-3027, or Chad.Keller@prairiemeadows.com.