Camels and ostriches to take the track at Tioga (with photos)

By Brandi Bailey

Camels and ostriches to take the track at Tioga (with photos)

June 19, 2013 Updated Jun 20, 2013 at 1:24 AM EDT

Nichols, NY (WBNG Binghamton) If you're headed to Tioga Downs this weekend for the races, you may see some unusual animals hitting the track.

Camels and ostriches will be racing for the top spot.

The animals come from Kansas, where they are trained to circle the track at tops speeds -- sometimes with riders along for the race.

Snickers is a returning camel to the Tioga Downs track and the reining champion from last year's event. His trainer says it's generally easy getting the camels to race.

"Camels are very, very intelligent and they know what's going on. I could hop on him right now and he would walk around half asleep. We go out on the track and he's ready to go" said trainer, Monte McClurg.

McClurg says training a camel and horse aren't that different, although he said camels require less teaching.

The race will take place at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

The ostriches will race at 2:30 p.m. and camels are expected to take the track between 3:30 and 4 p.m.