Owned by David and Shawn Black of the Belmont Shore in Long Beach, Buddy Black was stylish from beginning to end, as the 4-year-old male dachshund on the 18th annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals on Saturday at Los Alamitos Race Course in front of an estimated crowd of over 8,000 people.
Looking sharp as he raced while a wearing a little red-cap, Buddy Black graduated to the championship level with a solid victory in the 50-yard dog dash to earn the title of the Fastest Wiener In The West. Buddy Black also earned $1,000 cash prize and a dog house in the shape of a Wienerschnitzel Restaurant. The Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals is a fund raiser that benefits the Seal Beach Animal Care Center. Over the year, the Wiener Nationals has raised over $220,000 for the SBACC.
"We've been coming to the Wiener Nationals even before we owned Buddy just to support the Seal Beach Animal Center," said owner Shawn Black. "We had a wiener dog many years ago named Bob and we raced him in this race about 17 years ago. We got Buddy a couple of years ago and this is really the only race that he runs."
Buddy Black with owners Shawn and David Black
Buddy Black was a runaway winner in the seventh of 10 trials to move on to the final. Starting from post seven in the final, the red doxie started quickly but slowed down in the final 20 yards yet he still had enough to hold off the late rush of the runner-up finisher Schnitzel. Owned by Teresa Garcia of Santa Ana, Schnitzel earned $500 for running second.
"Buddy is a rescue dog," Black added. "Someone gave him to us and he loves to run. He also loves bacon a lot. We decided to let him race with his red hat on because we figured that even if he lost his trial that maybe he would get attention for his red cap."
The cap turned to be his good luck charm.
"We just can't believe that he won," added co-owner David Black.
A total of 78 dachshunds competed in 10 Wiener Nationals trials with each of the trial winners earning a trophy and a minimum of $100. All of the races are contested on the horse racing track at Los Alamitos Race Course. The other trial winners were Ellie owned by Sherry Monje of Ventura, Flynn owned by Miranda Libres of San Clemente, Rango owned by Cindy Johnson of Castaic , Thotchke owned by Tom and Neely Leupold of Los Angeles, Walter Hill, Murray owned by K.C. Irwin of Long Beach, Sir Higgins Wigglebottom owned by Pinky Cerritos and Alex Coward of Long Beach and Scamp owned by Dan Clifford of Irvine.
The night also featured a race called the Legends Invitational featuring six dachshunds that had either won or finished second in previous Wiener National races. Owned by Amy Caetta of Placentia, Presley, the winner of the 2009 Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals, won the Legends race.