OffbeatDozens of costumed T. rex race on a horse track in a delightfully bizarre video
Second horse dies during chuckwagon race
A horse was euthanized following an injury sustained during the second heat of Wednesday’s chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede. The horse, belonging to driver Obrey Motowylo, began slowing down on the backstretch of the race and stopped before the final turn. It was later covered by a tarp and loaded onto a tractor to be transported off the track. The Stampede said the horse was immediately assessed by a veterinarian, who determined it suffered a fractured left front radius. “It was determined there was no option for treatment and the horse was euthanized,” the Stampede said in a statement. “This type of injury is known in racing horses.
Emerald Downs Racetrack in Auburn, Washington, took a break from its usual thoroughbred races to let a few Tyrannosaurus rex take to the track.
More than thirty runners from Tri-Guard Pest Control dressed up in blow-up dinosaur costumes to partake in the annual dash.
A video of the race that published to Facebook on July 6 has already gone viral with over 20 million views.
Emerald Downs President Phil Ziegler told USA TODAY that the event, which started at the track 3 years ago, was a lot of fun. Ziegler loved seeing how the video has "made so many people happy."
Third horse dies at Stampede chuckwagon races; driver fined, suspended
CALGARY — A driver has been suspended and fined after a collision during a Calgary Stampede chuckwagon race that resulted in the death of a third horse during this week's Rangeland Derby. Stampede officials say in a statement that the accident happened Thursday evening in seventh heat. They say driver Chad Harden impeded another driver's chuckwagon and caused a third rig to collide with the track's inner rail, resulting in severe injuries to a horse. The three other horses on the third wagon had minor injuries.
I didn’t know I needed to see a T-Rex race until I saw a T-Rex race.— Justin Warmoth (@News6Justin)
Ziegler added that although the event originally was just for the pest control company, he's already received dozens of inquiries about how to enter the competition.
People dressing up in giant T. rex costumes is not a new phenomenon.
In 2016, a Broncos cheerleader performed a Halloween number in the costume. In 2017, about a hundred of the inflatable dinos protested President Trump’s proposed cuts to programs including the Peace Corps and Americorps. In 2018, a Colorado conductor directed his orchestra in the prehistoric costume, another viral video shows.
have we hit peak t-rex yet?— IM????HIM (@ziyatong)
Adding another bewildering layer to the race: Real T. rex couldn't even run. A 2017 simulation by the University of Manchester debunked previous ideas that the bipedal animal could run up to 45 mph.
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