Despite season-ending loss to this year’s worst racing hog, SWINEhouse captures TPC series title with 21 total victories and history-making streak of 17 straight wins
The title for the 2022 Triple PIG Crown season series had already been determined when competition began this weekend at Maris Farms.
amy SWINEhouse, the sultry Musical SWINE Star (Glow Martini Lounge), had already collected 17 victories and won 12 straight – including the BOARmont Stakes and SQUEAKness. The closest challengers were albert EinSWINE (of the Movers & Shakers, presented by Westside Pizza) with 10 wins and dave ChapPORK (of the ComediHAMS, presented by Blazing Bagels) with 9.
“Nine racing pigs gathered here nearly 5 weeks ago to embark on this month-long, hog-racing marathon,” said longtime track announcer Dennis “PIG Whisperer” Riley on Sunday afternoon following the final race of the season. “We saw it all – a history-making streak and dominant performance all season by SWINEhouse, an unfathomable win by SnoopHOG at the end, an inspired effort by PIG Notaro in the Cream of the Crap CUP on Saturday.”
The CREAM of the CRAP CUP featured the 3 hogs with the least amount of victories to that point, and a feisty PIG Notaro (ComediHAMS, presented by Blazing Bagels) roared to victory over jimmy HAMdrix and SnoopHOG (both of Musical SWINE Stars, presented by Glow Martini Lounge) for her 5th win of the season. She would finish with one more on Sunday for a total of 6.
“There’s always this ongoing tension between musical swine stars and comediHAMS – who’s the most entertaining, who’s most popular with the public, who’s got more good looking,” Notaro told a post-race press gathering following her victory. “I didn’t have much hog fuel in the tank up to that point, but I found a little extra for this race – I wasn’t going to let a couple of musicians show better than a comediHAM, not on my watch!”
SWINEhouse, for all she had accomplished on the season, came up one victory shy of breaking Arnold SchwartzenHOGer’s consecutive wins record of 17 when she shockingly lost her final race of the season to the most unlikely of racers – SnoopHOG, who had only collected 2 wins all season to that point. She had to settle for tying the GOAT’s record at 17 straight.
“It just goes to show you, you’re never guaranteed a win, just cuz you show up,” SnoopHOG gleefully told the final press gathering. “I honestly don’t know how that happened, but I feel like I earned a great win for myself and now I’m off to take a mud bath.”
SWINEhouse was a bit perplexed as well, noting that she felt great throughout the race, but got distracted by a piece Nila Wafer cookie on the track in turn 2 that caused her to stop momentarily and do a little grubbin’.
“I have a bit of a sweet tooth, and I just couldn’t resist,” she said. “I don’t normally get that distracted, not during a race and especially with something of such significance on the line, but I LOVE Nila Wafers. And I’m a pig.”
SWINEhouse will still go down as one of the greats who had one of the greatest seasons.
“There hasn’t been as dominant a showing as this since SchwartzenHOGer back in 2016 with his 25 wins and 17 straight victories,” said TPC founder and resident HOGfather Steve Templeman. “It’s rare territory to win 20 races, let alone 21 and 17 straight. She’ll definitely go down as one of the best in TPC series history.”
A total of $193 was raised last weekend for Celebrate HARVEST through the “bets” that race fans placed on the races. That brought the 5-week total to $1,445. A total of 230 “bets” were placed this weekend and 1,541 bets were placed for the season. amy SWINEhouose had the most bets placed on her with 43 on Saturday and Sunday and for the season with 234. E-LOIN Musk finished was second overall with 201 bets placed on him, followed by jimmy HAMdrix with 194 for the season.
Farm visitors who happen upon the weekend races can place bets on the hog(s) they believe will win (qualifying or marquee races), and 100% of those “bets” are donated to the nonprofit, Celebrate HARVEST, whose mission it is to preserve family farms by inspiring and financially supporting present-day farmers and future experiential farmers.
2022 TPC SERIES RESULTS
|Movers & Shakers SWINE presented by WESTSIDE PIZZA
|#1 Albert EinSWINE
|#2 Tommy HilPIGER
|#3 E-LOIN Musk
|Late Night Talking Head HOGSogs presented by BLAZING BAGELS
|#4 conHAM O’Brien
|#5 Dave ChapPORK
|#6 PIG Notaro
|Musical SWINE Stars presented by GLOW MARTINI LOUNGE
|#7 jimmy HAMdrix
|#9 amy SWINEhouse
Thank you to our co-title sponsors Wally’s White River Drive In, Toyota of Puyallup and Schilling Cider House as well as other race supporters Washington Athletic Club, Salish Lodge, Glow Martini Lounge, Blazing Bagels, Westside Pizza and Gillihan Farms (supplier of racing hogs).