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Dasher wins first-ever reindeer race in England

By Megan Carpentier
Monday, December 19, 2011 9:31 EDT
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Reindeer Race in Kempton Park, England
 
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In the first-ever reindeer race in England this weekend, Dasher — who took part in the race with Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen — took home the prize of a carrot-filled trophy.

The race, which was part of the Kepmton Park Racecourse Winter Festival and sponsored by the off-track betting company William Hill, also featured Father Christmas as the official race-starter and was cheered by a team of elves. Observers were, of course, allowed to bet on the outcome.

William Hill spokesperson Kate Miller called the race a “roaring success,” according to UPI, and added “December can be an inclement month weather-wise, with many race meetings lost to the elements. Reindeer racing could prove a lifeline for race-starved [bettors] in the future.” If it is, it’ll probably also prove fairly lucrative for companies like William Hill.

Watch the video, which first aired on Fox News on December 19, 2011, below:


Megan Carpentier
Megan Carpentier is the executive editor of Raw Story. She previously served as an associate editor at Talking Points Memo; the editor of news and politics at Air America; an editor at Jezebel.com; and an associate editor at Wonkette. Her published works include pieces for the Washington Post, the Washington Independent, Ms Magazine, RH Reality Check, the Women's Media Center, On the Issues, the New York Press, Bitch and Women's eNews.
 
 
 
 
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