There was also camel and zebra races, but the ostriches were the coolest.
Zack Ziegler (4) yells in excitement as he races Mike Kretzler (1) and Kris Elliott on ostriches during the races on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at the Lincoln Race Course. The jockey who was supposed to ride ostrich No. 2 backed out last minute when he approached the large bird, so Elliott took his place. Elliott has worked with the ostriches with Hedricks Promotions Inc., who provided the unusual racing animals.
Handlers hold the winning ostrich in the winners circle after the races on June 23, 2012 at the Lincoln Race Course. There are no reins compatible with an ostrich, so it must be held and lead by hand.
Mike Luark yells as he starts out of the gates on the racing zebra named “I Shall Retire” during the races on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at the Lincoln Race Course. Many of the jockeys had never ridden the unusual animals and were just as excited as the crowd to see what happened.