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A Rare Night at the Racetrack

It's a story you have to see to believe…Ostriches and camels sprinting around the Vernon Downs Racetrack.

It's a story you have to see to believe…Ostriches and camels sprinting around the Vernon Downs Racetrack.

The exotic animal race drawing thousands of curious visitors on Friday.

And they're off...but Friday night the horses weren't the main event.  It was all about the exotic animals.

“When that bugle boy plays they're going to be wound for sound and take the track...they know,” Monte McClurg, camel wrangler.

The camels and the ostriches came all the way from Kansas to Central New York and some of the spectators even came here and they said our entertainment is like nothing they've seen before.

“I think it's going to be very comical.  And I can't wait to take pictures because everyone from home is like, ‘you've got to show us something--pictures, video or something,’” says Sharon Moyer, of Pennsylvania.

This is the second year Vernon Downs has hosted this race.  So for some this isn't new. 

“Yeah, it's a good time, they're a little wacky.  It's hard to watch them but it’s fun.  I'd ride them,” Mark Capponi, of Rome.

But whether it was your first time or you feel like you've seen it all...it's safe to say tonight was a rare night at the racetrack.

The camels and ostriches travel all over the U.S.  just to participate in these types of races. 

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