Ferndale race track is a half-mile thoroughbred racing track in Ferndale, California.
It hosts the horse racing component of the Humboldt County Fair, one of the top
fairs in California. Located in the timber and dairy country of California's
far north coast, the track holds 10 days of live racing during fair days. Horse
racing has been a mainstay of the fair since 1935.
Many have opined that racing at Ferndale race track evokes the county fair
atmosphere of old as it is located in a picturesque Victorian village. Indeed,
many have said that due to the quaint surroundings, racing at the race track
hasn't changed that much since the first meeting in 1896.
Ferndale’s tiny half-mile track is famous for the presence of several
unbanked turns that produce plenty of thrills, as jockeys and horses are not
used to the compact bullring racing it offers, and they sometimes encounter
trouble trying to negotiate the turns.
Stakes Races at Ferndale Race Track
Palmer Starter Handicap
Paul Cacci Eel River Sprint
of Jazz Starter Stakes
Les Mademoiselle Stakes Don Harmon Memorial
J. Hindley Humboldt County Marathon Starter Stake
City Mule Handicap
Ferndale Race Track
track with two chutes
mile and 7/8 mile
from last turn to finish
permanent, 200 portable