BIG IMPACT: Derby Breaks Records In Iowa

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Saturday’s Kentucky Derby saw a big economic impact here in Iowa with Prairie Meadows breaking two records with the number of bet placed during the race.

“We had an electric crowd yesterday,” says Prairie Meadows Director of Racing Derron Heldt.

The big crowd had a big part to do with Iowa’s connection to the derby.

“It shows the support of Iowans for their race horse with local owners Dullahan, they came out and supported the horse in record numbers,” says Heldt.

Those record numbers that meant big business for Prairie Meadows.

“It was out largest handle ever on the Kentucky Derby race itself and also on the racing card it was the largest ever so we set records in both in the handle for the derby itself and the whole card,” says Heldt.

Close to half a million dollars changed hands over Saturdays derby, and the rest of Churchill Downs race card also saw unprecedented action.

Dullahan’s owners are leaning towards skipping the Preakness in two weeks, but there still could be another Iowa tie.

Former Donegal partners Dennis Albaugh and Jason Loutsch of Ankeny say if their horse Cozzettii gets an invite their going.

It would be the first time that two horses owned by Iowans have raced in Triple Crown races in the same year.

As for Dullahan, his owners are planning to wait until the Belmont Stakes in June.

For Iowa’s racing fans that’s just fine, they’ll be back at Prairie Meadows to bet on Iowa’s horse once again.