AUBURN, WA (Sept. 12, 2021) – The fifth Muckleshoot Gold Cup Championship came down to the final 50 yards as three Indian Relay teams were battling it out for the $10,000 first-place check.
Rider Chris Carlson (Amskapi Pikunii) made a dramatic move to switch to the outside of S/M Express and rider Desmond Archilita in the closing yards to cross the finish line first and win the Muckleshoot Gold Cup Sunday afternoon in front a good turn out at Emerald Downs.
Amskapi Pikunii had a terrific weekend winning Heat One Saturday night and gained a second in Friday’s Heat Three. The team from Browning, MT (Blackfeet Nation) pocketed $12,400 for the weekend.
Chazz Racine and Carlson out of Browning, MT (Blackfeet) ended up second in the $24,200 Muckleshoot Gold Cup raced at the 2-mile distance. They also had a second and a third to end the week with $7,000 in prize earnings.
The S/M Express team was later disqualified from second for a lost horse on the final exchange.
Rounding out the top three was Two Medicine with rider Cody Carlson also of the Blackfeet Nation. They also had an outstanding weekend with a win Friday night and a second on Saturday to total $6,000 in money.
A total of $65,000 in prize money was given out at the event that had 18 teams from five states compete in the three-day event. Each team uses four horses in a relay race with each running a half mile after an exchange of horses where the rider must jump off one horse and get aboard the next horse.
Muckleshoot Gold Cup Championship
1st Amskapi Pikunii (Chris Carlson rider), Browning MT, 3:40:76
2nd Carlson Relay (Chazz Racine), Browning, MT, 3:41.26
3rd Two Medicine (Cody Carlson), Browning, MT
4th Strong Horse Relay (Mathew Pakootas, Jr.), Nespelem, WA
DQ Omak Express (Tyler Peasley), Omak, WA
DQ S/M Express (Desmond Archilita), Lodge Grass, MT
1st Abrahamson Relay (Scotty Abrahamson rider), Omak, WA, 3:35.46
2nd Little Badger (Justin Burd), Browning, MT
3rd Counting Coup/Pikuni Express (Narsis Reevis), Browning, MT
4th Black Rock Relay (Blayne DeRoche), Browning MT
5th Lakota Warpath (Tory Provost), Oglala, SD
6th Cayuse Express (Dreamer Best), Nespelem, WA
1st Teton (Clarence Teton rider), Lincoln Creek, ID , 3:41.98
2nd Starr School (Preston Butterfly), Starr School, MT
3rd Frontline Relay (Daniel Goodface), Crow Creek, SD
4th Grizzly Mountain (Oliver Pakootas), Omak, WA
DQ River Road (Tory Provost), Oglala, SD
DQ Long Feather (Jace Long Feather), Fort Yates, ND