With the exception of the Kentucky Derby, the Westminster Dog Show is the oldest annual sporting event in the United States.
Held at the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York, the first time in 144 years the dog show did not take place in Madison Square Garden because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a Pekingese named Wasabi won Best in Show.
“[Wasabi] can have filet mignon and I’ll have champagne,” breeder David Fitzpatrick told Fox Sports on Sunday:
Fitzpatrick gushed about Wasabi in his interview with Sara Walsh, telling her Wasabi “has that little extra something, that little sparkle that sets a dog apart.”
This is the second time since 2012 that one of Fitzpatrick’s dogs won Best in Show. Also a Penkingse, Malachy claimed the title nine years ago.
In fact, Malachy is the great-grandfather of Wasabi:
“I didn’t think lightning would strike twice,” Fitzpatrick said via the New York Times.
Wasabi made history at an unusual edition of the Westminster Dog show, held in June instead of during the winter like normal.
In an appearance on Good Morning America, Fitzpatrick said to T.J. Holmes that Wasabi will likely retire from participating in most shows moving forward.
An eight-minute highlight of the Best in Show round is available here:
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