Hazel Park to host rare quarterhorse race tonight

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Hazel Park Raceway, which recently underwent a major transformation from a harness track back to its thoroughbred roots, will host a rare quarterhorse race tonight.

Tonight's third race, slated to go off at 8:20 p.m., will the first quarterhorse race at Hazel Park since the 1960s.

Quarterhorses (or "short-necks") can run at speeds of up to 55 mph. They're a shorter, more compact breed of horse than a thoroughbred, and can outrun them at distances of 400 yards or more.

A quarterhorse race, typically around 300 yards, usually lasts about 15 seconds.

So if you're watching from the grandstand tonight, don't blink.

On Saturday night, Hazel Park will host two more quarterhorse races, and expects to host even more before its meet ends on Oct. 11.

Post time for tonight's first race is 7:30 p.m.

For more info on Hazel Park's racing program, visit equibase.com.