Remington Park officials today announced zebras will join camels and ostriches for an afternoon of excitement and hilarity for the entire family. As part of live American Quarter Horse and Mixed Breed racing, Extreme Racing at Remington Park takes place Sunday, April 28. Racing begins at 1:30 p.m., with camels, ostriches and zebras competing for the Winner’s Circle in one race each throughout the afternoon.
In 2012, Extreme Racing attracted 19,671 people, the highest attendance garnered in the short three-year history of the event. Dale Day, track announcer, said this year’s event will feature an immersive experience and include opportunities to see and feel the exotic animals as well as a few more furry friends.
“As we celebrate our 25th anniversary at Remington Park, we want patrons to have a unique, enjoyable and unforgettable experience,” said Day. “That is accomplished through a day like Extreme Racing. Patrons can see, touch and smell animals not typically found in our state, all the while they get to share a special afternoon with their family and friends.”
Sponsored by the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association, this year’s event also includes a community-involvement portion. Each exotic animal-professional jockey combination will be paired with a celebrity trainer and an Oklahoma-based nonprofit organization. The winning animal’s nonprofit organization will receive a $1,000 donation from Remington Park in the camel, ostrich and zebra races. This year’s benefiting organizations include American Heart Association, A New Leash on Life, Citizens Caring for Children and NewView Oklahoma.
“In our fourth year hosting this event, we are proud to showcase four deserving groups serving thousands in communities across the state” said Wells. “We hope this day helps them raise awareness among a new audience and raise monetary donations for their programs. We are privileged to have them participate in this event.”
In addition to the exotic animals, the day also will feature a 21-inch miniature horse as well as multiple pig races on the Plaza. The afternoon’s horse racing will feature 11 races at 11 different distances, a first in Remington Park history.
The exotic animal races will take place Sunday, April 28 between live Quarter Horse and Mixed Breed races, which start at 1:30 p.m. The 1/16-mile camel race will feature four Arabian camels with speeds comparable to that of a horse. The five ostriches will race approximately 100 yards, while the zebras will race 1/16 of a mile. There is no fee to attend the races. For more information, visit www.RemingtonPark.com or call (405) 424-1000.
Where: Remington Park
Address: 1 Remington Place