For those who have never seen camels or ostriches race they seem to have a will of their own. It’s safe to say they are not as well-behaved as the race horses. Here are some video highlights.
Last year more than 6,000 fans came to the Phoenix racetrack to watch the camel and ostrich races.
In addition to some of the strangest racing to grace our track the day also features:
• Live music
• $2 Draft Beer
• A Kids Fun Park with Bounce Inflatables, a Petting Zoo and Face Painting
• A full card of traditional racing with horses and, of course, you can bet on them!
Grandstand admission is $2 and kids 16 and under getting in for free.
Camel racing is not as easy as it looks. The sport is popular in the Middle East, Australia and Africa.
Ostrich racing is more difficult than camel racing. The sport is popular in Africa.
The event is sponsored by the Arizona Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.
Turf Paradise General Manager Vincent Francia said, “Camels and ostriches race in their own unique way, and don’t always follow instructions. Hopefully, the horses won’t pick up any bad habits.”
Turf Paradise opened its doors January 7, 1956, making Valley history as the first organized professional sports franchise in Arizona.
For more information on Turf Paradise including our racing schedule and where to find Off Track Betting locations, log on to www.turfparadise.com