Jack, a one-year-old Dachshund from Brookville, Indiana, was the winner of the second annual Hot Diggity Dog Weiner Dog races Saturday at Horseshoe Indianapolis in Shelbyville.
Postponed from an earlier date due to excessive heat, a total of 17 dogs took to the track between races in three heats with the top 11 advancing to the final with $500 in prize money at stake.
Veteran eight-year-old Champion, last year’s winner owned by DJ Rackley, was an easy winner in the first heat. Kobe, an 11-month-old owned by Madison Ewing and Derrick Johnson, scored a victory in the second heat while Jack (photo), owned by Doug Ralph, was a winner in the third heat.
The top finishers from each of the preliminary rounds returned and Jack was on point, blazing down the track for the top prize of $250 and the Wiener Dog trophy.
Theo, a three-year-old owned by Erin Keys of Indianapolis, took home second place while Champion was third. Also receiving prize money were Kobe in fourth and Jax, owned by Stephanie Campbell of Anderson.
Other dachshunds advancing to the final were Dasher, owned by Lauren Benbenek of Indianapolis; Honey Bun, owned by Michelle Mohr; Addie, also a finalist last year for Rackley; Belle, a finalist last year for Keli and Aydin Eggleston; Toby, owned by Erin Keys; and Judge, also owned Benbenek.
Each dog had two handlers with one accompanying the dog to the start line and the other standing at the finish coaxing the dogs down the track.
The event was held in conjunction with the fourth All-Quarter Horse racing day of 2022 at Horseshoe Indianapolis. The event provided added entertainment between several of the later races on the card.