Horse racing season kicks off Friday at Prairie Meadows in Altoona.
Live thoroughbred racing gets underway Friday night but there are some changes for race fans this year.
Horse racing will run Thursday through Sunday. Prairie Meadows is trying to attract more people to stay the weekend at the new hotel that opened this spring.
Also this year, people will be able to bet on Prairie Meadows races by phone and online.
Post time is 6:30 p.m.