Who will be the weiner in the race for top dog? This weekend, Hastings Race Course is going to the dogs with the annual Weiner Dog Races taking place this Saturday, July 16 and Sunday July 17. The Weiner Dog Races at Hastings Park are a highlight every Vancouver summer and its a sight that really must be seen at least once. You may have never actually seen a dachshund run, but these dogs can go fast when money and dignity are on the line.
These races are free to attend, and each heat is held in between the live horse racing events. To crown top dog, there are 5 qualifying heats on Saturday and 3 races on Sunday with the championship showdown taking place at around 4pm.
When the gates open - the dachshunds make a made dash...well, at least some of them do. While most of the dogs rush to greet their owners on the other side of the finish line, some participants prefer to stop and smell the roses, and others bolt to the out of bounds area. Still others don't even make it out of the starting gate and prefer to turn back around and wait until the excitement is over. Check out the fun and cheer on the spirited and short-legged competitors.