Southern California’s fastest dachshunds are warming up for the upcoming 22nd Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals at the Los Alamitos Race Course this Saturday July 22, 2017. 102 dogs are already signed up with the first of 14 races called to the post at the historic Orange County race track at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event benefit the Seal Beach Animal Care Center, a non-profit group dedicated to finding home for stray animals in the Orange County area.
The Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals consists of 50-yard dashes for dachshunds over the racetrack, the same one where the horses run. A total of 102 dogs will compete in the Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals with the winners of 10 trial races moving on to the final for a chance to earn cash prizes and the coveted title of “Fastest Wiener In the West.” First place prize to the winning owner is $1,000. The champion wiener will also receive a doghouse in the shape of a Wienerschnitzel restaurant plus the “Fastest Wiener in the West” trophy. The pups in action will include defending champion Darcy, who will race in the fifth trial for owner Julie Woods, and 2015 champion Finn, who will be in action in the third trial.
This fun event will have all the pomp and circumstance of the Kentucky Derby, including the post parade, call by the track announcer and winner’s circle photo. In addition to the fun of the Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals, live horse racing will be held in addition to the dachshund races. VIP seating to enjoy the event is available by calling 714-820-2681. General Admission tickets on the day of the event at Los Alamitos are $3 per person. Children 17 and under are admitted free. Los Alamitos Race Course features free general parking.