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Media Alert: Meet Racing Zebras, Ostriches at Special Media Preview Friday Morning



Contact: Jim Mulvihill, Communications & Pari-Mutuel Marketing Manager, (504) 948-1233, james.mulvihill@fgno.com



Meet the Racing Zebras and Ostriches, Plus Exotic Animal Trainer Joe Hedrick



Meet the zebras and ostriches set to race Saturday night, as well as their breeder and trainer, at a special Media Preview.



Five racing ostriches

Four racing zebras

Joe Hedrick, exotic animal breeder and trainer from Nickerson, Kansas

Tim Bryant, Fair Grounds President



Friday, January 11, 6-11 a.m. (by appointment with Jim Mulvihill)



Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, 1751 Gentilly Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70119



Things just keep getting wilder at Fair Grounds, where live zebras will compete in an exhibition race on Jan. 12. The first zebra race ever in the South will be paired with the return of ostrich and mascot racing, which helped to pack the Grandstand with its largest post-Katrina crowd in August.

First post (the first race) for the twilight Thoroughbred program will be 2 p.m., with mascots, ostriches and zebras scheduled to race under the lights in the evening hours, after 6 p.m. General Admission will be $10 at the door. Clubhouse and Miller Time Beer Garden admission will be $15. Children 12 and under will be admitted free.

The Miller Time Beer Garden will serve as a premium viewing area with a stellar vantage point near the starting gate, plus DJ Rob Nice and access to some of the area’s best food trucks and pop-up food vendors – BBQ and Some, Fry Bar NOLA, La Cocinita and Woody’s Fish Tacos.

A mascot race will pit Fair Grounds mascot Gentilly Billy and sister racetrack Churchill Downs mascot Churchill Charlie against the likes of Bones (New Orleans Voodoo), Boudreaux (New Orleans Zephyrs), Havoc (Loyola University), Mojo (Voodoo) and Riptide (Tulane University).