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Camels and ostriches race toward the finish at Sam Houston Race Park

Jockeys taking on ostriches in annual event
Jockeys taking on ostriches in annual event

Houston is known for its unusual and fun activities which is why the annual Camel and Ostrich races are so popular at Sam Houston Race Park.

The unpredictable and fun filled races will be held on two nights this year on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9. Each night will feature four camels and five ostriches racing a distance of approximately 100 yards in between live thoroughbred horse races at SHRP.

Houston area local media celebrities will ride the camels while members of the SHRP Jockey Colony will ride the ostriches.

In 2013, jockeys raced to a sold-out crowd at SHRP.

Posted race times are as follows for Friday, March 7 and Saturday March 8 and are subject to change:
6:00 p.m. Live Racing Gates Open
7:00 p.m. Live Thoroughbred Racing Begins
8:00 p.m. Ostrich Races
9:10 p.m. Camel Races

Admission to SHRP is $7 Adults; $4 Children ages 4-12 for general admission. Children under 4 are free. Parking is free for general parking for live racing events.

Sam Houston Race Park is Houston’s premier racing and entertainment facility, located just 15 minutes from downtown Houston, and offers a variety of attractions including 16 recently renovated luxury suites overlooking the race track, The Pavilion Centre, and award-winning dining options at the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and the Champion Energy Services Jockey Club.

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