EAST RUTHERFORD - A very unusual type of race will be happening at the Meadowlands Racetrack this weekend.

The fourth annual Camel and Ostrich Derby will begin Friday night. The races will be mixed in along with regular horse races.

"It's a shorter distance race," says Meadowlands Racetrack Marketing Coordinator Jen Bongiorno. "The camels have riders on the back of them. They go pretty quickly. The ostriches have chariots, which the riders are behind and release them."

A crowd of 10,000 people is expected to turn out for the races.