$67,000 Muckleshoot Gold Cup Indian Relay-Day 2

The race is on in Day 2 of the Muckleshoot Gold Cup!


AUBURN, Wash. (Sept. 11, 2021) – Amskapi Pikunii, Carlson Relay and S/M Express won qualifying heats Saturday on the second night of the fifth annual $67,000 Muckleshoot Gold Cup Indian Relay Racing at Emerald Downs.

The three-day event features 18 of the finest Indian relay teams in the nation, representing tribes from Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Amskapi Pikunii turned in the night’s fastest relay, covering two miles in 3:35.17 while winning Saturday’s first qualifying race. With Chris Carlson riding, Amskapi Pikunni finished over four seconds clear of Black Rock Relay.

Carlson Relay, the 2016 Muckleshoot Gold Cup champions, won the second qualifier in 3:38.17 with Chazz Racine riding and S/M Express and rider Desmond Archilita were victorious in Saturday’s third qualifying heat.

The Muckleshoot Gold Cup continues Sunday with two consolation heats and the championship Muckleshoot Gold Cup at 5:46 p.m.

Results from Saturday’s qualifying heats:
Heat 1: 1st Amskapi Pikunii (Chris Carlson rider), Browning MT, 3:35.17; 2nd Black Rock Relay (Blayne DeRoche), Browning MT, 3:39.31; 3rd Abrahamson (Scotty Abrahamson), Omak, WA, 3:39.99; 4th Omak Express (Tyler Peasley), Omak, WA, 3:40.03; 5th Frontline Relay (Daniel Goodface), Crow Creek, SD, 4:14.09; Strong Horse Relay (dnf).

Heat 2: 1st Carlson Relay (Chazz Racine rider), Browning, MT, 3:38.17; 2nd Little Badger (Justin Burd), Browning, MT, 3:40.67; 3rd Cayuse Express (Dreamer Best), 3:43.45; 4th Starr School (Preston Butterfly), Starr School, MT; 3:52.38; River Road (dnf); Teton (dnf).

Heat 3: 1st S/M Express (Desmond Archilita rider), Lodge Grass, MT, 3:42.26; 2nd Two Medicine (Cody Carlson), Browning, MT, 3:43.26; 3rd Long Feather (Jace Long Feather), Fort Yates, ND, 3:46.59; 4th Counting Coup/Pikuni Express (Narsis Reevis), Browning, MT, 3:55.90; 5th Lakota Warpath (Tory Provost), Oglala, SD, 3:56.59; Grizzly Mountain (dnf).

Sunday’s Heat Schedule
Heat 1 First Consolation: 3:10 p.m. (after Emerald Downs Race 2)
Heat 2 Second Consolation: 4:28 p.m. (after Emerald Downs Race 4)
Heat 3 – Muckleshoot Gold Cup: 5:46 p.m. (after Emerald Downs Race 6)

Results from Friday’s qualifying heats:
Heat 1: 1st Omak Express (Tyler Peasley rider), Omak, WA, 3:41.65; 2nd Counting Coup/Pikuni Express (Narsis Reevis), Browning, MT, 3:44.55; 3rd River Road (Tristan Birding Ground), Crow Agency, MT, 3:46.58; 4th Cayuse Express (Dreamer Best), Nespalem, WA, 3:51.25; 5th Little Badger (Justin Burd), Browning, MT, 3:57.22; Grizzly Mountain (dnf).

Heat 2: 1st Two Medicine (Cody Carlson rider), Browning Mt, 3:35.37; 2nd Abrahamson (Scotty Abrahamson), Omak, WA, 3:37.34; 3rd Carlson Relay (Chazz Racine), Browning, MT, 3:37.92; 4th Black Rock Relay (Blayne Deroche), Browning MT, 3:56.84; 5th Long Feather (Jace Long Feather), Browning MT, 4:10.45; Starr School (dnf).

Heat 3: 1st Strong Horse Relay (Mathew Pakootas Jr. rider), Nespalem, WA. 3:46.81; 2nd Amskapi Pikunii (Chris Carlson), Browning, MT, 3:47.69; 3rd Lakota Warpath (Tory Provost), Oglala, SD, 3:55.51; 4th Frontline Relay (Daniel Goodface), Crow Creek, SD, 3:58.66; 5th S/M Express (Desmond Archilita), Lodge Grass, MT, 4:10.98; Teton (dnf).