The annual Dachshund race is one of the most talked about events in the San Francisco area.

BERKELEY, CALIF – March 31, 2011 – Golden Gate Fields, Northern California’s premier horse racing facility, is pleased to announce the return of Wiener Nationals to Golden Gate Fields on Saturday, April 9, 2011.

For one of the most exciting events in the San Francisco area, Golden Gate Fields, located just off I-80 in Berkeley, eight miles from downtown Oakland and 11 miles from San Francisco, is calling all Dachshunds and their owners to participate in the annual Wiener Nationals race at Golden Gate Fields for a chance to win prize money.

To enter Wiener Nationals at Golden Gate Fields, participants must complete the entry form and waiver found at before April 6, 2011. All entries are on a first-come, first-serve basis.  

The first horse race begins at 12:15 p.m. and the first Dachshund race starts immediately after the first horse race on April 9. All participating dogs must be Dachshunds. There will be a maximum of nine (9) preliminary heats and one (1) Championship Heat. The winner of each preliminary heat will win $50 and be entrees in the Championship Heat. The winner of the Championship Heat will win $300, while the second place finisher will win $200, and the third place finisher will win $100.

All heats will be run on Golden Gate Fields’ synthetic Tapeta racing surface immediately
following the horse races. The distance from the starting line to the finish line is 30 yards.  A MAXIMUM of 108 Dachshunds will compete in the Wiener Nationals preliminary heats. As stated previously, there will be a MAXIMUM of nine (9) preliminary heats.  The number of dogs in each heat will depend on the number of entries, with the
MAXIMUM of twelve (12) dogs per heat.

Gates Open 10 a.m. on race day and kids under 17 get in for free. Golden Gate Fields continues its spring meet with live racing every Thursday through Sunday  until June 12, 2011.
About Golden Gate Fields

     Golden Gates Fields, Northern California and the Bay Area’s premier horse racing facility, commenced its first meeting on Feb. 1, 1941.  Due to poor track conditions caused by heavy rains, the inaugural meeting lasted only five days.  America’s involvement in World War II meant racing at the track wouldn’t resume for six years, and the track became a naval amphibious landing craft base.

     Golden Gate Fields reopened on Sept. 9, 1947, and since has produced many of the sports’ greatest horse racing results. The great Bill Shoemaker, who would go on to become the world’s winningest rider, scored his first career victory at Golden Gate Fields on April 20, 1949, aboard Shafter V.  He retired 41 years later with 8,833 wins.

     Through the years champion horses like Citation (1948 Horse of the Year), Noor (Handicap Horse of 1950), Determine (1954 Kentucky Derby winner), John Henry (Horse of the Year in 1981 and 1984), Brown Bess (Female Grass Horse of 1989), Tight Spot (Grass Horse of 1991), and Lost in the Fog (Sprinter of 2005) have competed at Golden Gate Fields.

     Golden Gate Fields is a beautiful facility that features an elegant Turf Club, a vast and comfortable Club House, smart simulcast rooms, and plenty of free seating in the general admission areas and hosts some of the premier events in the San Francisco area..

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