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    A Day at the Wiener Dog Races - L.A. County Fair (and a horse incident!)

    What the heck is the meaning of THAT title you ask? ah...more to come...

    First, Sunday was the infamous L.A. County fair Wiener Dog Races at the Racetrack.




    It was an experience. There were Dachsunds all over! Cute dogs...although I'm more of a Abyssinian cat person than a dog person. But dachsunds are great...if they ever stop barking. Anyway, the races themselves were a real crowd pleaser. Our dog was in heat 4 and to no surprise he didn't run at all. We let him go and he stayed right where he was. But the winning dog did run to me! LMAO!

    Arriving with BaileyPups....he practiced real well but out on the track in the actual race...he couldn't see me with his food..so he didn't run.







    Bailey frolics in the grass with fair in background





    He then made friends with a female...it was a very cute meeting...





    Making more friends...both these dogs are also female :P





    He then got his number for his race....



    Well what do you know! His new Girlfriend was #6 to...in another heat of course :P




    While we were waiting we got to see some of the horse races from the INSIDE of the track





    Then it was time for our dog to run...or...ha! NOT run...as it turns out..he just stood there... so it was more like "on your mark, get set....STAND THERE AND SNIFF THE GROUND!"




    So he didn't even run..but hey! In the heat before his..NONE of the dogs ran! It was hilarious!

    After the races we went to take Bailey (the dog) home then returned to spend the rest of the afternoon watching the races

    So when we returned from dropping Bailey off home...I went down to the finish line right up against the gate at the track. I wanted to take photos of the last race finishing horse. I did.


    THE WINNER OF THE LAST RACE OF THE DAY....




    But then...then it turned into something from Animals Gone WILD! or something like that!

    When the jockeys were trotting their horses back, from what I saw, one horse kinda ran into the inside track rail..the jockey jumped off the horse then the horse went CHARGING for the crowd!!!! He ran in a direction towards the crowd about 10 feet from me. The horse saw the gate, jumped it and that is all I saw from ground level.

    Now here is where my heart pretty much stopped. Just before this last race and before this all happened, my dad and sleeping son walked in that direction the horse charged and my dad was gonna sit down while my son was sleeping in his stroller. So, this horse charged IN THE DIRECTION where I thought my father and sleeping son to be. I was desperately trying to find them after the horse ran for the crowd. I ran right towards the commotion, yelling my fathers name nothing..I looking frantically around I see the horse on the ground, I see an elderly man on the ground and woman sitting on the ground I don't see my father or son then I saw him,whew! I don't think I've ever been that scared in my LIFE!

    My mother and sister were in the grand stands right above and behind me. They saw it all from a bird's eye view and according to them........

    When the horse jumped the gate, his back legs didn't make it so he fell head first into the cement and knocked himself out. If the horse hadn’t knocked out, he was in the direction to run thru the crowd, out the race track gates and INTO THE FAIR GROUNDS! It could have been a lot worse.

    My mother...thought I got hit by the horse because all she said she remembered was that I was down there at the front track gate...where the horse ran. But no...I was about 10 feet away...but ONLY 10 feet. So here I thought MY son was stomped by the horse and here my mother thought HER daughter was stomped by a horse...!!!

    When I finally found my father and son (who was still sleeping) they had revived the horse, who, of course, was spooked with all the people gathering around, and proceeded to try to charge the crowd again. Here are my shots of them escorting the horse out just after they revived him and a total of about 6 or 7 men holding onto the horse to try and get him out of there:







    In the first picture there....the horse had JUST been revived and stood on his feet but started to charge again...see the people running! I snapped these as my father and I were walking out of the way pushing my son's stroller...he slept through the whole thing!

    So wow! I have been trying to find some news on how the three injured people were. One man was on the ground, looked pretty bad and there were two injured females...one looked like her leg got smashed and a young girl about 11 years old had a gash in her elbow.

    I also wonder about the future of the horse and if the jockey did anything to spook him. But no news.

    Can you believe all that!?!?!

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    Re: A Day at the Wiener Dog Races - L.A. County Fair (and a horse incident!)

    Weiner dogs are hilarious.

    Freaky about the horse. They're gorgeous animals but they can get spooked so easily.

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    Re: A Day at the Wiener Dog Races - L.A. County Fair (and a horse incident!)

    Nice!
    We're going to the Fair this Friday - and nice to see a post from you, Clara!

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    Re: A Day at the Wiener Dog Races - L.A. County Fair (and a horse incident!)

    Wow, What a day at the Fair! I love the picture of all the weiner dogs lined up to race, and all the individual shots of your dog....so cute.

    That's pretty scary with the horse, hopefully he's ok and so are the people that were injured.

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    Re: A Day at the Wiener Dog Races - L.A. County Fair (and a horse incident!)

    Bailey rocks even if he does not run. We love watching the weiner nationals (that is what our dog track calls them).

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    Re: A Day at the Wiener Dog Races - L.A. County Fair (and a horse incident!)

    Dachshunds are my grandma's favorite breed of dogs. She has had them her whole life. I have never been to a Dachshunds dog race before. Looks like it would be fun to watch.
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    Re: A Day at the Wiener Dog Races - L.A. County Fair (and a horse incident!)

    Weenie races are SO funny! They go every which way! I'm glad you and your family weren't hurt by the horse. Poor horsey, I wonder what's wrong.
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    Re: A Day at the Wiener Dog Races - L.A. County Fair (and a horse incident!)

    Awww! I love weenie dogs!! My first dog ever was a weenie dog!! Her name was Mitzie! Great pics Clara! Thanks for sharing them with us!




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    Re: A Day at the Wiener Dog Races - L.A. County Fair (and a horse incident!)

    Aww the weinie dogs are adorable!! And as a horse person it I have to say it wasn't anything the jockey did. Likely it was just a young horse. Was the race a maiden race? Of course even my older more stoic horses have days where the wind scares them. . .they are unpredictable at best. Glad everyone was okay, and very glad the horse was okay as well. (oh and I don't think he was 'charging' the crowd. just exscaping and running. He likely would have tried not to hit anyone, but you never can tell what might have happened! Glad you and your family were safe!! )



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    Re: A Day at the Wiener Dog Races - L.A. County Fair (and a horse incident!)

    I was at the race with my baby Harlie. She ran in the first race also with number 6 (see picture # 7 is her friend Walter and he ran in eighth race). She came in seventh because she decided to become a super model and ran to the professional photographer and pose for him. We saw the horse throw the rider in the fourth race, but left before the horse jumped fence. Glad we were not there because we had been standing were it went over. Glad to hear your family is ok.

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    Re: A Day at the Wiener Dog Races - L.A. County Fair (and a horse incident!)

    Don't ask about the snack bar.




    This little dog wanted to compete, too, but 18 legged Non-Dachshundts aren't allowed to compete.

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    Re: A Day at the Wiener Dog Races - L.A. County Fair (and a horse incident!)

    Quote Originally Posted by dragonlady9361 View Post
    I was at the race with my baby Harlie. She ran in the first race also with number 6 (see picture # 7 is her friend Walter and he ran in eighth race). She came in seventh because she decided to become a super model and ran to the professional photographer and pose for him. We saw the horse throw the rider in the fourth race, but left before the horse jumped fence. Glad we were not there because we had been standing were it went over. Glad to hear your family is ok.
    Oh so another horse threw another rider in the 4th race? I don't remember that and I was there the whole time.Because my incident was in the last race, the 13th race. Unbelievable.

    But you were there to! amazing! Bailey was in the 4th heat with the winning dog of all the races So cool! What a small world...we totally passed each other! I was wearing the red headband.

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    Re: A Day at the Wiener Dog Races - L.A. County Fair (and a horse incident!)

    The rider was thrown near the starting gate and it was hard to see.

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