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Humboldt County Fair horse racing schedule released

The Times-Standard (Eureka) logo The Times-Standard (Eureka) 7/29/2021 Mario Cortez
a group of people riding on the back of a horse: The Humboldt County Fair will host six days of racing action in 2021 (Jose Quezada, HUMEDIA -- For the Times-Standard) © Provided by The Times-Standard (Eureka) The Humboldt County Fair will host six days of racing action in 2021 (Jose Quezada, HUMEDIA -- For the Times-Standard)

With six days of horse racing on tap for the upcoming Humboldt County Fair race meet, post times have been set for each afternoon’s first race.

The 124th Humboldt County session, with races scheduled for thoroughbreds, quarter horses and Arabians, will begin Aug. 20, with the meet lid-lifter set for 3:15 p.m.

Action will start at 2:15 p.m. on Aug. 21 and Aug. 22.

There will be slight changes for the start of racing action during Humboldt County’s second week.

The Aug. 27 card will begin at 3:07 p.m. The programs for Aug. 28 and 29 are tentatively set to get underway at 2:07 p.m.

The post times for the openers of all Humboldt Fair race programs were approved during a recent meeting of the California Horse Racing Board.

Live races on the Ferndale track will be conducted approximately every 30 minutes each afternoon. Humboldt Fair races will be presented prior to the day’s first race at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in San Diego, with the following races sandwiched between races at Southern California’s seaside oval.

The reason for the slight changes in post times the second Humboldt week (Aug. 27-29) is due to Golden Gate Fields resuming racing after a week off. And Humboldt mutual manager Doug Gooby had to move Ferndale’s post times to keep Humboldt races from running at the same time as Golden Gate Fields and Del Mar, to accommodate the wagering public.

On another front, the five-furlong Humboldt racetrack had been scheduled to open for training on Wednesday, according to Humboldt Fair Board manager Andy Titus.

Some horses have already shipped to Ferndale in preparation for the fair meet, and Titus is expecting many more horses in the near future to make Ferndale their August base.

“We would like to keep the track here open four or five days a week for training, provided enough horses ship here early,” said Titus. “That would be a big plus for horses getting ready for the Humboldt meet.”


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