Camel, ostrich races at Sam Houston Race Park

By Lauren Freeman - Anchor

HOUSTON - The rodeo isn't the only place you can see exotic animals this weekend. Sam Houston Race Park will host some unusual guests.

They're getting ready for their annual camel and ostrich race. Camels are actually really fast for short distances.

Owner Aryn Hedrick said, "We'll run a 1/16th of a mile. The first 20 or 30 yards they'll stay with or outrun a horse."

The camels are about 8 feet tall. They are trained to be ridden and they can run between 25-30 miles per hour.

"You better hang on! They'll leave the starting gates pretty hard, they're going to run pretty fast," said Hedrick.

On Saturday night at around 8 p.m. Sam Houston Race Park jockeys will race the ostriches. They'll sprint 100 yards on the race track around 25-30 miles per hour.

This is one of the most popular events at the Race Park.

Although these animals are well trained they are still exotic and rare. Last year this event was so popular it sold out, so they're having the races Friday and Saturday night this year.

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