Hot dog! It's the Wiener Nationals
This story has all the excitement of a day at the races: ladies in fancy hats, frazzled handlers, strutting owners, and surly gamblers. But the animals in the game are much smaller than at your traditional thoroughbred race. In fact, they're wiener dogs, and they are racing like the wind. It's the Wiener Nationals, and you can catch the next one at the Golden Gate Fields racetrack this Saturday, April 9. KALW's Thea Chroman attended the Wiener Nationals of 2009, and takes us back down to the track to witness the day of glory that is the Wiener Nationals.
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THEA CHROMAN: It's a hot morning and fans in hats line the track. They're tense with anticipation, flipping through programs and marking up betting guides.
The announcer ticks off names. For a few breathless moments, the racers squirm in the starting blocks. The gate opens, and they're off! The short legs of the tiny beasts carry them in every direction but forward, and almost as soon as it begins, it's over.
Welcome to the 2009 Wiener Nationals, a day of dachshund racing at the storied Albany race track, Golden Gate Fields. The announcer proclaims the winner, Lulu, a black and tan from Lafayette, as the proud owners hold a writhing wiener dog, high above their heads. Lulu will take home a $50 purse and have a shot at the $300 grand prize in the championship race.
As competitors in the third heat line up, fans Sarah Cathers and Chris Rolls sit forward in their box seat, trying to work...
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