Good day at races for Boulanger-Howey

The force is with Maz Kanata, Luck Lasts, Cash Driven

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It was breakout day for jockey Brandon Boulanger and trainer Quinn Howey Sunday at the Humboldt County Fair.

Shut out for the opening two days of the six-day meet, Boulanger and Howey combined for three straight wins on Sunday’s eight-race program.

In order, the Howey-Boulanger “triple” came with: Luck Lasts ($4.40) in the fourth race; Maz Kanata (3.00) in the fifth race; and Cash Driven (4.80) in the sixth race. All came on wire-to-wire productions, as Boulanger grabbed early command, padded cushions and easily waltzed home well in front.

Howey, who is bidding for a sixth Humboldt training title in seven years, shot to the front in this year’s trainer’s race. Based on the Gunnar Froines scoring system of five points for a win, three for second and one for third, Howey now has 32 points. He is well ahead of mixed breed conditioners Ron White (22 points) and Peggy Hanford (20 points).

The jockey’s race after the first half of this year’s meet has Jose Dominguez (6 wins) in front with 43 points. He is followed by Christian Aragon (5 wins in 2 days), 35 points; five-time Humboldt king Hugo Herrera (34 points); and Boulanger (30 points).

It should be a highly competitive race for the riding title in the final three days.

Racing will resume Friday with first race post time set for 3:07 p.m.

Highlighting the final three days of the 123rd Humboldt meet will be the 63rd edition of the $20,000 C.J. Hindley-Humboldt County Fair Marathon Handicap on closing day Sunday.

Set for 1-5/8 miles and stamped as the longest stakes race on the Northern California summer fair circuit, the Humboldt Marathon will be run as the last race on the last day.  And fans truly love the race since long distance specialists will cross the finish line four times on this half-mile track.

The $4,000 Cream City Mule Handicap at 660 yards around one turn is also scheduled for that “Getaway Day” program Sunday.

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