Racing Stakes Returns to Ferndale

The hundred and twelfth Humboldt County Fair will be held in Ferndale, California, between the 7th and 17th of August 2008. As usual, there will be fun and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Visitors to the fair can look forward to stunts, live music, food stalls, carnival rides, sheep dog trials, exhibits, livestock events, games and competitions. And to add to the excitement of the fair, there will be cloned mule racing and live horse racing events. Appaloosa, quarter horse, Arabian and thoroughbred horse racing will allow visitors to have a little pari-mutuel wagering fun throughout the ten days of the fair.

Visitors can look forward to a great schedule of horse racing and mule racing events at the Humboldt County Fair including eleven stakes races taking place between the horses and a few mule stakes races.

On Saturday, the 9th of August, the $6 500 Charlie Palmer Start Handicap will see a great field of fillies and mares, three years and older, race to victory, with the $5 500 Victorian Village Arabian Distaff also taking place on the same day. On Sunday, spectators can look forward to the $6 500 Paul Cacci-Eel River Sprint, as well as the Ferndale Mule Dash, with a purse of $4 500. On the following weekend, the $6 500 Land of Jazz Starter Stakes will kick off the weekend racing action on Friday the 15th of August, with Saturday hosting the $10 000 Les Mademoiselle Don Harmon Memorial and the $4 000 AMRA Starter Series for mules. Sunday, the 17th will offer a great line-up for the last day of racing, with the $10 000 CARF-CMC Starter Series, the $5 500 Cream City Handicap (Mules), the $6 500 Ferndale Arabian Stakes and the $15 000 C.J. Hindley Humboldt County Marathon Handicap all being run on one day. The C.J. Hindley County Marathon Handicap is set to be the highlight of the horse racing, as it is run over a one-and-five-eighths miles and has been run for fifty-five years, making it an historic racing event.

Visitors, who have never seen mule racing will be surprised to see how fast these wonderful animals actually are and that they can be just as competitive as their horse counterparts. The stakes racing at the Humboldt County Fair is guaranteed to be as exciting as it is entertaining, and many are thrilled to see stakes racing taking place in Ferndale once again.