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Camels, Ostriches to Hit Home Stretch

Lone Star Park plans exhibitions for charity



    Camels, Ostriches to Hit Home Stretch

    by Bruce Felps

    This should be interesting.

    After the last quarter-horse race Sept. 23 at Lone Star Park, the dirt-track equines give way to camels and ostriches.

    It should really get interesting for the park’s jockeys, who will ride the unconventional mounts, but hey, they’re pros, right? If it can be ridden, they can ride it.

    One race pits five ostriches and the other features four camels circling the oval track.

    It’s all part of a charity event. The ostriches, far as I can tell, run a friendly, while the camels run for media sponsors and cash.

    A camel called Foxy 4 represents Fiona Gorostiza of Fox 4 "Good Day Dallas," who named tomorrow’s Rockwall County's Alliance for the Arts for the Texas Health Presbyterian Rockwall "Heart of Jazz" Annual Celebrity Gala & Art Auction — could the name be any longer? — as her charity of choice.

    Ticket to Arabia runs for Norm Hitzges, über-sports nerd of KTCK-1310 The Ticket, who supports Austin Street Shelter.

    Van Humpty sports the colors of Brother Van of KSCS-FM 96.3 New Country in his efforts to benefit Special Olympics.

    Desert Donna hits the track for Dallas and Donna Keen representing Remember Me Rescue, a program that assists retired or injured racehorses.

    Each charity receives a $250 donation courtesy of Lone Star Park. The winner gets an extra $250, and spectators, who might typically lay down some green on the horse races, can choose among the charities to make donations.

    Still, something tells me that those names aren’t the camels’ real names.

    Bruce Felps owns and operatesEast Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He has a photo of his mom, who passed away six years ago yesterday, aboard a camel. That is one photo he never expected to see.

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