COSTA MESA — Families packed the stands and children clutching stuffed animals lined the track. Everyone was clapping along to Queen's "We Will Rock You" as the competitors took the stage at the Orange County Fair.
Small, pink and standing on four legs, Sourdough Jack, Yukon and Kobuk positioned themselves for the race, but Soapy Smith had other ideas.
Jumping the track's small fence, Soapy Smith ran straight to the finish line, showing why he and was named after the infamous Alaskan con artist.
Soapy is known for "finding a way of not racing," said announcer Jimmie Berguin, 19.
Soapy, though, showed what he was made of Thursday afternoon at the O.C. Fair's All-Alaskan Pig Races, as he won the championship race by the "hairs on his chinny chin chin," Berguin announced.
The eight pigs, weighing between 30 and 50 pounds, were all pretty evenly matched and the winner changed with every race, said announcer and road manager Donald Noll, 20.