With the ostrich and camel races over, Horsemen’s Park will concentrate solely on horses this weekend.

The track will hold its sixth and seventh days of live racing Friday night and Saturday. This is the next-to-last weekend of the nine-day meet at the facility at 63rd & Q Streets.

“It’s pure racing from here on out,” General Manager Mike Newlin said. “And we know that our fans will be OK with that.”

The track had one of its biggest crowds ever last Sunday, highlighted by the exhibition races involving ostriches and camels. The Family Day event that included a seven-race live card drew 16,000 — and that’s probably a conservative estimate.

“When you count the people watching from around the turn, that number might have been closer to 18,000,” Newlin said. “It was an unbelievable crowd that day.”

Newlin added that he hopes fans who were part of that throng will return on a more normal race day.

“We encourage them to come back when the lines won’t be so long,” he said. “We still have a lot to offer.”

This weekend’s attendance also might be boosted by fans who possibly stayed away on the busy Family Day.

“Our adult crowd is especially strong on Friday nights,” Newlin said. “We’ve got a good band playing afterward and the weather forecast sounds nice.”

Fans also get an opportunity to wager on a sixth race Friday night, one more than the traditional five.

“We’ll need to keep the races moving along,” Newlin said. “This is the first time we’ve run six on Friday so we’ll see how it goes.”

The feature Friday will be the $20,000 Princess Stakes. The one-mile event will be the first race and go off at 6:15 p.m.

Saturday’s feature will be the $20,000 Falls Amiss Stakes. The six-furlong sprint also will be the first on the seven-race card and begin at 2 p.m.

“Fans are running out of time,” Newlin said. “The forecast sounds promising and we should have some great racing this weekend.”


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