Sixteen Dogs Advance in Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals

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Image Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego – Qualifying rounds for the 2009 Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals were held Saturday, August 29th on the rugby fields at Qualcomm Stadium. A field of 363 dachshunds participated in the event, each vying for one of sixteen spots in the San Diego semifinals. The semifinal race is September 1st during an inning break at the San Diego Padres vs. Washington Nationals game at Petco Park. This Pacific Life Holiday Bowl event benefited the Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

The fastest qualifier was Heidi-Roo Smith of Orange. The 10 ½ year-old, 13-pound dachshund set a track record by completing the 53-foot course in 2.37 seconds. Other qualifiers include: Mila Miesner; Daisy Lazano; Sully Libres; Winston Bush; Clifford Kerr; Chapparrito Suzuki; Princess Destiny Walter; Beega Geisler; Willie Hamm; Kona Holland; Chili Bhargara; Cody Perpetno; Savannah Row; Woo Girl Rice and Princess Daphne Walter.

The fastest eight dogs from the semifinals will advance to the championship race in San Diego on December 30th before the nationally televised Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade presented by San Diego County Credit Union, also a Pacific Life Holiday Bowl production.

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