A Wild Time At The Races

By on January 14, 2013

Enlarge image Credit Dionne Grayson / WWNO Nom De Plumage and the ostrich jockeys celebrating in the winner’s circle after Saturday night’s race. <!– end jp-progress –><!– end jp-controls –>Listen<!– playpause –><!– jp-time-holder –>Fairgrounds track announcer John Dooley calling the second Struthio Stakes, for ostriches of all ages. There were a few unfamiliar steeds at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Saturday night — exotic animal trainer Joe Hedrick brought some ostriches and zebras to the track to fill out the race card for the second installment of the Struthio Stakes.It was the first-ever zebra race ever in the South, and the biggest crowd at the track since Hurricane Katrina, said track spokesman Jim Mulvihill.In addition to the zebras and ostriches, the Struthio Stakes (named for the ostrich’s genus — its scientific name is Struthio camelus) featured music, food, a race between sports team mascots… and even some actual horse racing.

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A Wild Time At The Races

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