Blackburn brings a stellar record of over 30 years of experience as a track superintendent. His previous stints include 15 years at Remington Park, 10 years overseeing track maintenance at an Ocala, Fla., Thoroughbred farm and track superintendent at Bandera Downs and Manor Downs in Texas.
“I am blessed and excited for this new opportunity in Iowa working at Prairie Meadows”, Blackburn says. “Working at racetracks has always been a love of mine, which started in Texas growing up around my dad’s Quarter Horses to my experiences either at racetracks or horse farms. I’ve seen it all and done it all.”
The 2022 live racing season with 84 race days, begins with 22 days of Thoroughbred-only racing from May 13 – June 18 with an additional two days of Thoroughbred-only racing on Thursday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 2. A mixed Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse schedule of 60 race days will take place from June 19 – October 1.