Batavia, NY --- Late August is considered the 'Dog Days of Summer' and it also must mean it's time for the annual Petco Wiener Dog races.
The popular event is once again part of 'Family Fun Day' at the races, this Sunday afternoon (Aug. 25) at Batavia Downs with the dachshund race competition getting underway at approximately 4:15 p.m., after the completion of the live 11-race harness racing card.
Gordon, owned by Lindsay Ryan, is the two-time defending champion. He dead-heated with another wiener dog legend, Jake Arnold, in 2011 and then scored an extremely narrow win last year. He'll try to make wiener dog history by winning this event three consecutive years in a row.
There will be up to ten heats with each winner scoring a $25 free play voucher to Batavia Downs Gaming. The heat winners then return for a championship race with the winning owner getting $100 in free play, second place gets $75 in free play while the third place finisher receives $50 in free play. The owners of the top three finishers will also get two complimentary buffets.
The first 70 entrants also receive doggie bags from the official sponsor of the Wiener Dog races, Petco of Batavia.
"It's a day we look forward to every year and judging by the size of the crowd we draw, so do our fans," Batavia Downs General Manager of Live Racing, Todd Haight, said.
The Wiener Dog races are the final part of Family Fun Day at Batavia Downs, one of the biggest promotions of the season. Besides $1 Sahlen's hot dogs, soda, draft beer and snow cones, there will be free pony rides for the kids from 2-4 p.m. sponsored by Castilone Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep of Batavia, along with appearances by Pringles The Clown and Mr. Scribbles.
The live harness racing action begins at 1:15 p.m.
For more information including news, upcoming schedule, promotions and race replays, go to www.bataviadownscasino.com/live-racing .
by Brian J. Mazurek