08/06/2001 11:00PM

Kings Honor class of Irv Parlato Purse


FERNDALE, Calif. - With a restocked barn, trainer Gary Greiner hopes to capture his first training title at the Humboldt County Fair, which opens its 105th meet Thursday.

Greiner will try to get a quick jump on his opposition when he sends out barn newcomer Kings Honor in the five-furlong, $3,400 Irv Parlato Purse, the opening-day feature. The Parlato Purse lured six $4,000 claiming sprinters.

The speedy Kings Honor, claimed for $3,200 by Greiner last Sunday at Santa Rosa, has a $40,000 starter allowance win at Hollywood Park on his resume. He should outsprint his rivals into the first bend on this tight-turned, half-mile track.

Danny Boag, who has captured four riding titles over the past five years here, will be aboard the probable favorite.

Cielo Consa, who hails from the barn of two-time Humboldt training champ Dennis Hopkins, and Idaho import Hair of Terror should offer the main competition in the feature.

Cielo Consa boasts a $32,000 starter allowance victory at Fairplex Park. Hair of Terror has been a gem of consistency running longer and should press the early pace. Post time Thursday is 2:25 p.m.

Racing secretary Charles Palmer has eight stakes on tap for several breeds during the 10-day meet. Highlighting the stakes schedule is the $10,000 Humboldt County Marathon, in which horses cross the finish line four times during the 1 5/8-mile race, and the $5,000 Cream City Mule Stakes, in which mule Black Ruby will defend her title.

Racing will be conducted on 10 afternoons through Aug. 19. The lone dark day will be Aug. 14.