Canterbury to Host 'Extreme' Races Aug. 6

Camel and ostrich races highlight Extreme Day, which will also feature 10 horse races

Canterbury Park’s fifth annual Extreme Race Day Aug. 6 will feature 10 horse races, plus exhibition races by camels and ostriches. Several of the races on the program have unique conditions or are at distances not normally carded at the Minnesota track. The program begins at 1:30 p.m.

The Spurt in the Dirt is a 100-Yard dash for Quarter Horses and is the shortest horse race run at Canterbury Park. Sea N Lace, the 2010 Spurt in the Dirt winner, is back to defend her title. Another race, Around and Around They Go, is a 2 1/16 mile contest for Thoroughbreds. Lloran Jotace, who scored in the race the last time it was held in 2009, is also back to defend her title.

Camels and ostriches will take part in exhibition races throughout the afternoon. Camels will take the track after race four (approximately 3:00 p.m.), and ostriches will race after race seven (approximately 4:40 p.m.).

Other extreme horse races include The Dirty Dozen for horses that have never won on the turf, and Blazing Saddles, a 3 1/2 furlong dash restricted to Thoroughbreds. Aug. 6 will also feature family-friendly activities with free pony rides, a petting zoo, and face painters. Admission is $5 for adults, children under 18 are free, and parking is free. For more information, call 952-445-7223 or visit