(PHOENIX) They’re hard to tame but fun to watch. Camel and ostrich racing return to Turf Paradise, Saturday March 29.

Unlike the disciplined and dedicated horses that run all season at Turf Paradise, camels and ostriches are known as ‘the bad boys of racing.’ And they’re coming back to Turf Paradise.

March 29th is Camel and Ostrich Day, but there’s also a full card of horse racing on which you can bet.

It’s also a day of fun for the entire family that includes a family fun park, live music, food specials and $2 beer. And it’s a great value. As always grandstand admission is just $2 and kids 16 and under get in for free.

Camel racing is popular in the Middle East, Australia and Africa. Ostrich racing continues to this day in Africa. The animals are far more difficult to race than horses. Don’t take our word for it.

The camel and ostrich races are sponsored by the Arizona Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.

Turf Paradise General Manager Vincent Francia said, “These races gain in popularity every year and it’s great family entertainment on a budget. It also gives the fans a unique perspective on racing.”

Turf Paradise opened its doors in 1956 and has operated at the same location (19th Avenue and Bell) ever since making it Arizona’s first sports franchise.   back...
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