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Sunday, April 05, 2009

Golden Gate Fields

When you say Golden Gate Fields most people think about this:



According to Wikipedia, Golden Gate Fields has been around since 1941, and is currently the only horse racing track in Northern California.





In past years, you could see local celebrity Harry Aleo and his horse, Lost in the Fog.

But today, different contestants came to show their skill (or lack thereof ;).



I give you ... (drum rolls) ... the Annual Dachshund Derby!



Ready?



Set?



Go!!!



Aww... come on, you know you want to see it again!

From the top!

(click on pictures to enlarge)

Ready?



Set?



Go, go, go!!!








Additional photographs here and a cute uTube video, not from the Golden Gate Fields, but just to give you an idea



Have a nice week, everybody!

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7 Comments:

Blogger Patty said...

That is too cute. Speaking of Golden Gate, our local park is called Golden Gate Park. Not sure why unless at one time it had a golden gate.

10:57 AM  
Blogger claude said...

J'ai déjà vu des courses de lévriers mais de bassets, jamais !
Dans mon enfance à Paris, je suis allée une fois à une course de Chevaux avec ma tante et mon oncle qui pariait beaucoup, et qui ma foi, gagnait assez souvent. Je n'ai pas un grand souvenir de la course mais celui que j'ai gardé en mémoire est que ma Tata nous avait préparé des casse-croûtes au saucisson. Il étaient très longs et moi avec mes petites mains je tenais mon casse-dalle près de ma bouche et perdait toute mes rondelles de saucisson dans le l' herbe du champ de courses.

5:32 AM  
Blogger AphotoAday said...

Well, what great fun...
Love the shot of the rather dark dog on the left in your last photo...   Looks like he had a good time...

9:57 AM  
Anonymous from cali said...

Golden Gate really goes all out with a starting gate and everything. How did this trend ever get started?

10:11 AM  
Blogger Patty said...

I want to thank you for your visits to my blog.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

Patty: Now that you mention it, think Abraham may have mentioned it on his blog a while back.

Claude: j'imagine bien la scene avec les rondelles de saussison qui tombent. Quel dommage!!! J'adorais le saussison quand j'etais gosse, et si ça avait ete mon sandwich, j'aurais probablement ramassé les rondelles!

PhotoADay: Aww, I know you're being kind! I didn't get good shots because the light was coming down pretty hard when I was there and honestly, photographing animals in motion isn't very easy to do with a point and shoot. Still, this is one race that makes everybody laugh.

From Cali: Unknown. A 15 minute google search didn't tell me anything at all. All I know is that they do it every year. Some people I know who are into horses told me to go, so I checked it out. It was a great deal of fun. The dogs don't know what to do, so they start running in every direction the minute the gate opens. It's pretty funny and the dogs unknowingly get everybody in a very good mood!

11:43 PM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

Patty: You're welcome! The pleasure is all mine :)

11:43 PM  

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