Day At The Track

Wiener Dog Races in the spotlight

09:20 AM 03 Jul 2019 NZST
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2018 Ren’s Pets Wiener Dog Races at Grand River Raceway,Harness racing
2018 Ren’s Pets Wiener Dog Races at Grand River Raceway

ELORA, ON - Dashpig won't share the racetrack with any racehorses on Friday night at Grand River Raceway, but he will share the spotlight. The 2018 champion of last year's Ren's Pets Wiener Dog Races will defend his title against 17 Dachshunds during the fifth edition of the fan-favourite event on July 5.

In all, the night offers 10 horse races and four wiener dog races. Post time for the first horse race is 6:30 p.m.

Dashpig will start from post three in the third and final heat to be contested after horse race #5 (approximately 8:00 p.m.). Mustard, the 2017 champion, will start alongside Dashpig in the same heat from post two.

The top three finishers from each 6-dog dash will advance to the championship after horse race #7 (approximately 8:45 p.m.) All races are 20 meters in length.

The event is supported by title sponsor Ren's Pets and Elements Casino Grand River. Prizes for the top dogs total more than $500.

2018 Race champ Dash (owned by owned by Katie Sudds and Brian Hardy of Tavistock, ON.)

The event attracts one of the largest crowds of the racing season at Grand River Raceway. There are several food and beverage options onsite including food trucks from Spanky's BBQ, Frannie's Chuck Wagon and Ish & Chips. The Captain's Quarters Dining Room overlooking the racetrack is sold-out for the evening.

Regular Friday race night activities include The NEIGHbourhood which runs free for kids under the Homestretch Tent from 6:30 - 8:30 and includes horse-related crafts, a photo with the winning horse of a race, and a barn tour. 107.5 DAVE ROCKS will broadcast live from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Parking and admission are always free for the races at Grand River Raceway.

Wiener lovers who can't make it to the track can catch the live streaming video of the broadcast beginning at 6:05 p.m.

See the Grand River Raceway website for complete event details, including photos and bios of each dog competing in the races.

Video: Wiener Dog Races Promo Video

Video: 2018 Wiener Dog Races


Kelly Spencer
Co-Owner, True Nature Communications Inc.

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