Canterbury’s ‘Extreme Day’ Draws Local Crowd Of 13,315 For Exotic Races

The 2017 “Extreme Day” at Canterbury Park drew a crowd of 13,315 patrons to the Minnesota track to watch a series of exotic races featuring camels, ostriches, zebras and even multiple surfaces in the same race. In his blog at, Jim Wells calls the day a “wild, wooly, feathery affair” while suggesting other tracks look into similar cards of events.

In the “Battle of the Surfaces,” a turf horse bested the dirt horses for the first time in several years. Nutty Futty won the contest over 10 other dirt horses and nine turf horses. Oscar Delgado won the “Camelbury” Dash aboard Alexander Camelton, and Justine Klaiber won both the ostrich race aboard “Mark My Bird” and the zebra contest on “Earn My Stripes.”

In the marathon Canterbury Endurance Challenge, Born Force and Chad Lindsay crossed the wire first after the following course of events, as described by Wells: “Orlando Mojica, aboard Blue Bomber and gliding effortlessly on the lead, did something extremely extreme: He stopped riding halfway through the race, thinking it was over. With another lap to go, Mojica stood in the irons at the finish line.  Visions of Bill Shoemaker aboard Gallant Man in the 1957 Kentucky Derby, when the Shoe blew a win, standing in the irons too soon.”

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