Not anything was once going to stay Chico from his date with future — now not warmth, now not rain.
The five-year-old dachshund effectively defended his identify as most sensible canine because the wiener canine races made a go back to Castle Erie Race Observe Sunday after a two-year hiatus as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For Chico, owned via Danny Picconi and Alejandro Rodriguez, it was once in reality his 2nd race of the yr, however his first win. He had competed at Grand River Raceway on July 10.
“We make a choice to sign up him in races as it’s a laugh. We don’t in point of fact have a coaching approach for him, he’s an excessively lively canine and he likes to run rapid,” stated Picconi.
With Sunday’s thoroughbred card whole, the wiener canine heats started at 5 p.m., simply in time for a downpour of rain. The rainy stipulations didn’t deter the doggies, who made it via every race because the target audience watched beneath duvet of the grandstand. With 71 canines registered for the development, there have been six qualifying heats and the highest two canines in every race complex to a last. After all, Chico was once the primary canine around the end line, adopted via Jane of Arc in 2nd, and Spanky in 3rd.
Rodriguez stated they’re cautious with Chico’s nutrition — he was once rewarded with chopped carrots post-race — to stay him wholesome.
“We take him on quite a lot of walks and that assists in keeping him in most sensible form.”
The development was once subsidized via the Puppy Meals Outlet and Dave McMahon’s Canine Coaching Academy.
Now that the wiener canines have had their day, basset hounds can have their activate Aug, 14. Registration for the development is now open. Additional info will also be discovered at www.forterieracing.com.