Wiener Dog Races This Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Track

By Driftwood Staff

The dust clouds rise over the track. The pound of feet is heard loud and clear. Magnificent animals wait to race against one another. The crowd cheers them on. 

A bark is heard from one of the racers. A little Daschund, affectionately dubbed a “Wiener Dog,” crosses the finish line. At the Fair Grounds. 

It’s not your everyday thoroughbred race. The Fair Grounds’ 148th Thoroughbred racing season continues its exciting annual special event racing series with Wiener Dog Racing Presented by Double M Feed, Garden, & Pet Supply. Having quickly become an annual tradition, this year’s meet will again have five heats of certified wiener dogs all vying to see who will be this year’s “Fastest Wiener.”

“This year’s race season looks to be one of our most successful yet and I am excited that we are able to again present one of our most popular events.” said Doug Shipley, President of Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. “We are proud of our longstanding history in New Orleans and happy to be able to create new traditions in a city already filled with wonderful traditions.”

Trent Dang, Director of Marketing at Fair Grounds, adds:  “As part of our outreach to new demographics, the Fair Grounds has established some exciting new traditions in racing such as Exotic Animal Racing which recently was the most attended race in many years, as well as the upcoming Wiener Dog Races where we also expect outstanding attendance. The Fair Grounds is a great place to visit and experience the excitement of thoroughbred racing and, of course, to experience fun and unique activities such as watching to see who will have the ‘Fastest Wiener!’ We are open to all ages, most race days have free General Admission (specialty race days are generally $5 General Admission), and those 18 and over can place bets as low as two dollars! It’s hard to find a more inexpensive way to spend a beautiful spring day in New Orleans and experience almost 150 years of tradition.”

Eve DiBlasio, a Fair Grounds regular, says the race track is an underappreciated “New Orleans gem.”

“Lots of people come here for parades and stuff, but I think the race days are the most fun. It’s cheap and cheerful!” 

The tradition of Wiener Dog racing dates back to the 1970s. Veterinary students at The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine have held “Doxie Derby” for over 30 years as a fundraiser to benefit the veterinary sciences program at their school. 

In addition to the excitement of wiener dog and thoroughbred racing, bounce houses will be available, complimented by food from Crepes a la Cart and Messina’s Catering. Doors will open at 11:00 am with the first thoroughbred race at 12:30 pm. Wiener dog races are scheduled to run at approximately 1:15 pm, 1:50 pm, 2:25 pm, 3:00 pm, and 4:05 pm. General admission is $5.00, $15.00 admission to the Club House, and children 12 and under are free.

Tickets and box reservations may be made in advance at www.fgno.com

 

Caption: Listen up, Wiener Dogs are cool. Photo by Erda Estremera via Unsplash.