Extreme Race Day at Canterbury Aug. 8

Camel and ostrich races are among the events taking place at the Minnesota track.

Canterbury Park’s fourth annual Extreme Race Day Aug. 8 will feature nine horse races, including two Thoroughbred stakes, 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 Canterbury. The program begins at 1:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

The camel race is scheduled for 3:10 pm. The ostrich race will be held after race seven at approximately 4:50 pm.

The $35,000 Brian Barenscheer Juvenile Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs has attracted a field of six 2-year-olds. The $50,000 John Bullit Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the turf course drew seven entries.

Also part of the program is a 100-yard race named The Dash In A Flash, where seven Quarter Horses line up to race a football field’s length. Defending champion Wheely Fast will return for owners Al and Claire Lundgren of Plymouth, Minn.

The Blazing Saddles is a 3 1/2-furlong dash for Thoroughbreds. Entries include Humble Smarty, winner of the $75,000 Claiming Crown Rapid Transit. The Dirty Dozen is a one-mile turf race restricted to horses that have never won on the turf.

Aug. 8 is also Pepsi Family Day at Canterbury Park with free pony rides, petting zoo, and face painters. For more information, call (952) 445-7223.