Ostrich Races Return to Fairgrounds courtesy NOLA DEFENDER
An American quarter horse can reach speeds up to 55 miles per hour while its unlikely race partner, the ostrich can get about to about 30 miles per hour. New Orleanians can decide which one they prefer this Saturday at the seventh annual Summer Quarter Horse Meet and Exotic Animal Races.
Held at the Fairgrounds, the event features traditional quarter horse races, zebra races, and ostrich races. The first post is 4p.m., with the zebra race scheduled at 5p.m. The star of the night, the ostrich, makes its debut on the track at 6:40 p.m.
Grandstand tickets are $5 — kids under 12 get in free. Clubhouse admission is $10 for both adults and children ages 5 to 12 — kids under 5 get in free. Both the Grandstand and Clubhouse are first come first serve open seating.
Two local food trucks, Crepes a la Carte and Messina’s, alongside the Clubhouse Dining Room will provide the grub while snowballs for the kids and frozen margaritas for their parents are on hand in the Paddock.