From the Henderson Gleaner, by Victoria Grabner
HENDERSON, Ky. — The race was over and the jockeys had already slipped off the ostriches’ backs when two of the black-and-white feathered giants made a run for it.
That’s when the chaos began, because suddenly two of the fastest birds on Earth were on the track at Ellis Park, and they were out of control.
Surveying the crowd of smiling adults and open-mouthed children, these long-necked creatures quickly turned away: No exit there.
Stymied by a line of humans just past the finish line, they shot back in the opposite direction, toward the starting gates, almost trampling two or three jockeys in the process.
But where do you go when you’re tall and beaked and lack the thumbs necessary to hitch a ride? The ostriches seemed resigned: It was back in the trailer, of course, with the makings of a story.
Other people had stories, too, after they saw jockey Corey Lanerie ride the ostrich named “I’ll Hatch Another” to first place on Saturday.
“We thought it was a lot of fun,” said Kelli Mills of Boonville, Ind. “It was funny to watch.”
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