Los Alamitos Draws Large Crowd for Wiener Nationals

A near-record paid crowd of 8,705 visits the track on Saturday.

Edited press release

Baby Bo, a 1 1/2-year-old dachshund from Costa Mesa, California, tests out his prize for winning Saturday's Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

A near-record paid crowd of 8,705 -- just short of the record of 8,731 set in 2007 -- attended the races at Los Alamitos Racecourse on Saturday, as the track presented the 22nd running of the Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals.

Total attendance, including all the children who were admitted free, was estimated at 10,500. The Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals is a fundraising event for the Seal Beach Animal Care Center, a non-kill shelter in Orange County. The Wiener Nationals and SBACC have raised more than $250,000 over the years. This year’s Wiener Nationals will raise an estimated $12,000 via ticket and t-shirt sales provided by Los Alamitos Racecourse, plus a $5,000 donation also by the track.

Katherine and Eddie Kishner’s Baby Bo, a 1 ½-year-old dachshund from Costa Mesa, California, won the event. The dachshund's effort earned him the title of "Fastest Wiener in the West," a $1,000 cash prize, and a doghouse in the shape of a Wienerschnitzel restaurant.

In one of the more touching moments of the night, Deanna O'Neil's Lady Bug, who as a baby was given up on and left at a shelter because her previous owners thought she would never be able to walk, ran the entire 50-yard distance and crossed the finish line under her own power in the trial number six. Her racing accomplishment was made possible by the California Rehabilitation Center (CARE), which provided Lady Bug with an opportunity to undergo daily physical therapy, acupuncture, and exercises on an underwater treadmill. Her veterinarian ended up adopting Lady Bug and entering her to run in the Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals. Lady Bug didn’t just walk, she jogged all the way to the finish line.

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