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Not your average race


Featuring ostriches and camels, Remington Park’s Extreme Racing event benefits area nonprofits.

Courtney Silva April 6th, 2011

This isn’t your average day at the races.

Camels and ostriches will invade Sunday at Remington Park, 1 Remington Place, for the second annual Extreme Racing event.

Last year, the event attracted more than 10,000 people to the track; this year, between 18,000 and 20,000 people are expected, said Scott Wells, Remington Park president and general manager.

“Kids are used to seeing these kinds of animals on television and in cartoons,” he said. “But to see these animals in real life and being raced by jockeys is not something everyone gets to see in their lifetime. It’s very entertaining to watch.”

The animals, which will be provided by Hedrick Exotic Animal Farm in Nickerson, Kan., will race around the track, just like horses. Four Arabian camels will run a 1/16th-mile race, while five ostriches will strut their stuff for approximately 100 yards. Children will be allowed to take pictures with each of the animals.

“The races are good, family fun,” Wells said. “This is something that kids and their parents will remember and talk about for years to come.”

Extreme Racing will take place between the third and fifth quarter horse and mixed-breed races, which start at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 424-1000 or visit remingtonpark.com. —Courtney Silva

 
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