Wiener Dog Races are back!


Contact: Gina Rotolo

Sam Houston Race Park

281-807-8771 or


Mandy Love

281-807-8847 or

June 3, 2010



Event Includes Live Quarter Horse Racing Along with Wiener Dog Races Between Horse Races, Cutest Pet Costume Contest & More

 on Saturday, July 17, 2010


WHAT:    Sam Houston Race Park ( welcomes back Houston’s fastest     wiener dogs for a fun-filled family-friendly evening of live racing with the 3rd Semi-Annual Wiener Dog Races presented by PETCO ( and Bark’s 5th Avenue ( on Saturday, July 17, 2010.  The highly anticipated evening features wiener dogs racing a distance of approximately 25 yards on the dirt track in between Quarter Horse races in an effort to find Houston’s fastest wiener dog!  The top Wiener Dog racers will be awarded cash prizes along with gift baskets from PETCO & Bark’s 5th Avenue.

                        In addition to racing events, The Park will host the Cutest Pet Costume Contest, open to dogs of all breeds.  There is no fee to participate in the costume contest; register on-site to participate.  Other activities include a pet social, a variety of pet and people-friendly vendors, balloon artists, face painting, snow cones and more! 

Pet owners can download registration forms online at  A $25 registration fee per pet is required; fee includes a commemorative racing shirt for your pet that he/she must wear for their race. Pets must provide proof of current shot records in order to participate.  Advance registration is required; space is limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Registration deadline is WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 2010. Download registration forms online at  Email completed registration forms along with a photo of your racer to  Your racer’s photo will be featured in a special commemorative program designed for the Wiener Dog Races on the day of the event.

Saturdays in July also feature Party on the Patio with $2 Draft Beer from 4 to 8 p.m. and hot food from the outdoor grill! Immediately following live racing events will be the Verizon Wireless Summer Concert Series on the Bud Light stage featuring Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers.

WHO:             Sam Houston Race Park is Houston’s premier racing and entertainment facility, located 15 minutes from downtown Houston, and offers a variety of attractions including 19 luxury suites overlooking the race track, The Pavilion Centre, and award-winning dining options at the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and the Champion Energy Services Jockey Club. The Park’s newest addition, The Showgrounds, is an all-ages, outdoor, 15,000-capacity venue that hosts annual country, classic rock and contemporary concert events throughout the year. For more information on upcoming shows, events and tickets, visit


WHEN:          Saturday, July 17, 2010

3:30 p.m.   Live Racing Gates Open/Wiener Dog Racer Check In

5:00 p.m.  Live Racing Begins

7:00 p.m.  Pet Costume Contest in the Pavilion Begins

8:15 p.m.   Concert Gates Open for Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers

8:45 p.m.   Concert Begins


WHERE:       Sam Houston Race Park

                  7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway West

                  Houston, Texas 77064


TICKETS:     $19 Party Pack includes: general admission; club level counter seat; live racing program; burger basket or concession entrée; (2) small sodas or draft beers; and (1) $2 wagering coupon per person.

                        $15 Advance General Admission Concert Tickets/$30 VIP Advance General Admission Concert Tickets*

                        *Concert ticket prices increase the day of the event for GA and VIP tickets; Concert tickets offer FREE admission to live racing & wiener dog events.

General admission: $6 Adults; $4 Senior Citizens; kids ages 12 and under FREE.

PARKING:   FREE General Parking

INFO:             For more information, call 281-807-8700 or visit

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