It's not Churchill Downs ...
But ostrich racing is for a good causeJuly 20, 1997
Web posted at: 9:54 p.m. EDT (0154 GMT)
(CNN) -- When it comes to raising money for a good cause, the Rocky Mountain Ostrich Association can't be accused of sticking its head in the sand.
On Sunday, the association held Ostrich races at Castle Rock, Colorado, to benefit the American Diabetes Association.
Dubbed "a new tradition of family fun," the ostrich race is more akin to a western rodeo than the Kentucky Derby. The flightless birds stand on the starting line as riders struggle to mount them.
A starter pulls off a hood covering the birds' heads and they're off. Riders hold on for dear life as the ostriches careen wildly in no particular direction.
In addition to watching the big birds flail about, visitors were treated to an antique tractor pull, a dinosaur track display and a chick hatching.
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