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Fast & Furry-ous: Wiener dogs race at the Fair Grounds

Douie and his owner, John Detrinis, celebrate their win at the Wiener Dog Races. Dentrinis used fried chicken to help lure Douie to the finish line.

Douie and his owner, John Detrinis, celebrate their win at the Wiener Dog Races. Dentrinis used fried chicken to help lure Douie to the finish line.

Andres Fuentes

Douie and his owner, John Detrinis, celebrate their win at the Wiener Dog Races. Dentrinis used fried chicken to help lure Douie to the finish line.

Andres Fuentes

Andres Fuentes

Douie and his owner, John Detrinis, celebrate their win at the Wiener Dog Races. Dentrinis used fried chicken to help lure Douie to the finish line.

Fast & Furry-ous: Wiener dogs race at the Fair Grounds

March 10, 2019

The Fair Grounds‘ winner circle welcomed more than hooves and jockeys.

48 sets of paws and wagging tails hit the race track on March 9. The thoroughbreds were just the appetizer as spectators pressed up against the gates to catch a glimpse of purebred wiener dogs racing toward the finish line.

Nearly eight thousand fans packed the stands to watch another year of wiener dog races.

“We have been doing this for quite some years. It really came about just trying to create a reason for people to come out with their families, see the track and get exposed to racing,” Mark Conner, Senior Director of Marketing, said.

Even with the family atmosphere, the races are still filled with a competitive vibe amongst the trainers and their canines.

Hollie O’Brien said, “This is Whiskey’s second year and we have been practicing hard. We usually train her by playing fetch.”

Some dogs were put on diets and cardio workouts, but the experience is memorable even without a trip to the winner’s circle.

“It’s a good time, even though they do lose,” Beckie Daniel said.

Her two dogs, Miss Betty Davis and Princess Buttercup finished last and second to last respectively in previous races.

After five heats of sprinting, Douie was crowned the “Fastest Wiener”, and with little training beforehand. But it was his owner, John Detrinis, that motivated the pup to step into overdrive.

“I had a Popeye’s chicken in my pocket. That’s what did it,” Detrinis said.

Douie and his family went home with a $500 cash prize, a goodie basket from Double “M” Feed and a chip on his shoulder.

Detrinis said, “It feels great. Douie is excited. He got to eat his chicken. Now he wants to race the horses.”

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  • A wiener dog is held in miniature stocks before the race. The races featured four heats and a championship round.

  • A dog gallops toward the finish line during his race. The wiener dogs competed in 12-dog heats.

  • An owner and her dog relax before the wiener dog races. The grand prize for the race was $500.

  • John Detrinis raises Douie in the air after winning the grand prize at the Wiener Dog Races. Douie was crowned the "Fastest Wiener."

  • Douie enjoys his victory with his family. Douie won the $500 grand prize and bragging rights.

  • An owner picks up his dog after a race. Some dogs underwent diets and intensive fetch exercises to train for the race.

  • Fans cheered on the wiener dogs as they raced to the finish line. Nearly 8,000 spectators showed up to the Fair Grounds to see the races.

  • Two dogs sprinted neck-and-neck for the first place finish. Most dogs had a difficult time running in a straight path.

  • Owners waited 30 yards from the starting line to entice their dogs to finish first. Owners brought toys and food to help their dogs compete.

  • Families gathered to greet their dogs in the holding tent before the races. The Wiener Dog Races provided fun for fans of all ages.

  • Beaux and his owners await the races at the holding tent. Owners and their dogs received goodies from Double "M" Feed.

  • A wiener dog relaxes in the holding tent before race time. 48 wiener dogs were entered in the races.

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