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Derby Dog Dash

Sonoma County Fair

Do you have a speedy small dog?

Enter your pup in the Derby Dog Dash and get in on all of the racing fun. This beloved event offers all the competition and pageantry of horse racing - on a much smaller scale.

What time is our race?

The final entrants, race numbers and starting times will be posted here approximately 36 hours before your race.

There will be at least six heats and one Championship Race. The number of heats depends on the number of entrants. The top two finishers from each heat will advance to the Championship Race. Unfortunately your dog must remain in the Grandstand Area and is NOT permitted on the rest of the Fairgrounds. Only service dogs are permitted on the Fairground Midway and we apologize for the inconvenience.


This year rules state that:

"Once a dog has been declared the winner of a Championship race he/she cannot be entered in any other race days remaining in the meet. If the dog has already been entered that entry will be “scratched” from future race days."

Please check-in at the registration booth at least 25 minutes prior to your race. Please check in for your individual race at least 15 minutes prior to the running. The first dog race will go off at approximately 1:45 PM and the remaining races will be held in between the horse races thereafter.

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2017 Derby Dog Dash Race Dates

  • Sunday – August 6 - ENTRIES CLOSED
  • Sunday – August 13 - ENTRIES CLOSED


  • Sunday – August 20 - ENTRIES CLOSED
Race distance is approximately 50 yards (+/-)

The dog races will be held at the Racing Grandstand on the Fairgrounds. The registration booth will be located on the bottom level, outside the grandstand and facing the racetrack across from the Winner's Circle. You will not have access to stadium seating at the Sonoma County Fair (seating is $3 per person). There is plenty of shaded space in and around the Grandstand, please feel free to bring your own chairs. We will have water available for the dogs. You can bring your own bowl or use community bowls that we will provide.


  • Heat 1st Place - $20 / Heat 2nd Place - $10
  • Championship 1st Place: $100 / Championship 2nd Place: $50

Entry Fees

  • ALL Derby Dog Dash races are FREE to enter!

Entry Requirements

    1) Completed Online Entry Form Below

    2) Signed Release and Waiver of Liability Agreement

    Admission Rules

    • Dog owners can park in any of the Fairground lots and will have to pay to park.
    • Admission to the Fair is free for dog owners (2 free admissions per dog).
    • Please take all dogs through Gate 1, just to the right of Grace Pavilion as you face the pavilion. You will not need an admission ticket but you will need to be on the pre-registration list.
    • Two persons per dog will be admitted through the gate.
    • All dogs must remain on a leash and in the Racing Grandstand Area.
    • Unsportsmanlike conduct by the handlers will be cause for immediate elimination, at management’s discretion.


    Entry Information

    All entries are now closed. Please come back next year!

Sonoma County Event Center at the Fairgrounds
1350 Bennett Valley Road - Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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