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Field set for C.J. Hindley-Humboldt County Marathon Handicap at Ferndale

August 28, 2015     E-mail this page to a friend!

Blues Blaster, who captured the Oak Tree Handicap earlier this summer at Pleasanton and has earned in excess of $148,000, heads the field in this season's 62nd running of the $20,000 C.J. Hindley-Humboldt County Marathon Handicap. Blues Blaster is the 2-to-1 morning-line favorite.

The Marathon will be contested at the grueling distance of 1-5/8 miles where horses cross the finish line four times on this half-mile track. It will be carded as the 11th and final race on the last day of the meet here this Sunday, August 30.

A stellar cast to goes postward as part of a stakes tripleheader. The $7,000 Cream City Handicap with Bar JF Red Ticket, who has won 41 of 71 career starts, and the $7,000 Ferndale Arabian Stakes, with defending champ Ayers, will also be contested Sunday.

Trained by former jockey Bruce Dillenbeck, Blues Blaster took control leaving the starting gate and carved out all the fractions in winning the $50,000 Oak Tree Handicap. He has won five of 15 lifetime starts, and shipped here nearly two weeks ago to train and get accustomed to this track.

Also starting in the Marathon, are Steel Blue (6-to-1), a nine-year-old who led from flagfall to finish in winning the 2012 Marathon; and Crusher (5-to-2), trained by highly-respected William E. Morey, who handled $10,000 claiming foes at Pleasanton and then ran second against $20,000 platers at Santa Rosa.

The Cream City should be an interesting showdown between Bar JF Red Ticket and the new mule sensation Sassy Jazzy, who boasts a three-race win streak for trainer Bruce Towell. The Cream City goes as the second race, at 2:33 p.m.

Ayers waltzed to an 11¾-length victory in last year’s Ferndale Arabian Stakes. Twice Rich and True Grit Sa, who ran third and fourth, respectively, in the Santa Rosa Arabian Stakes behind winner Ayers, will try and turn the tables on their rival. The Arabian Stakes kicks off the day’s action with a first post time of 2:07 p.m.