Field Set For $65,000 Muckleshoot Gold Cup

Indian Relay Racing June 8, 9 & 10


Over $65,000 in Total Payouts!

Auburn, Wash. – Twenty-one of the nation’s fastest Indian Relay teams have been confirmed for the third annual Muckleshoot Gold Cup at Emerald Downs. The three-day event—worth $65,000 in purses—will be held Friday, June 8, Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10.

Teams representing eight Indian Nations from six states and two provinces will be competing in 2018. Starr School, from Blackfeet Nation in Browning, Montana, will be looking to defend their 2017 Gold Cup championship.

In Indian Relay—the nation’s oldest sport with a history that goes back 500 years—teams race twice around Emerald Downs’ one-mile oval, exchanging horses every half-mile. Each team’s rider must leap from one galloping horse to another in their assigned exchange box while other team members assist in handling the horses.

The Muckleshoot Tribe will host the event as the owners and operators of Emerald Downs, with the Muckleshoot Casino sponsoring the competition. There will be three relay races each day along with full cards of live Thoroughbred races.

For the second straight year a $10,000 bonus is being offered to any team that wins the championship race at both Emerald Downs and Canterbury Park, and any team finishing in the top three at Emerald Downs and Canterbury Park will earn a $2,500 bonus. The Canterbury Park relay races, hosted by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, owners and operators of Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, will be held August 23 through August 25, 2018.

Emerald Downs’ admission is just $9 for adults, and ages 17 and under are free. Box seats can be purchased in advance by calling 253-288-7711. More information is available at

Emerald Downs, located in Auburn, WA, is the premier Thoroughbred racetrack in the Northwest. The 2018 season continues through September 23.

2018 Muckleshoot Gold Cup
Confirmed Teams
Abrahamson Relay, Omak, Wash; Blanket Bull, Garryowen, Mont; Carlson Relay, Browning Mont; Cayuse Express, Nespelem, Wash; Cedar Ridge, Blackfoot, Ida; Grizzly Mountain, Omak, Wash; Lakota Warpath, Pine Ridge, SD; Little Badger, Browning, Mont; Mountain River, Harlem, Mont; Northwest Express, Omak, Wash; Old Sun, Alberta, Canada; Omak Express, Omak, Wash; Red Blanket, Browning, Mont; Rides A Pretty Horse, Billings, Mont; River Road Relay, Crow Agency, Mont; Starr School, Browning, Mont; Tissidimit, Fort Hall, Ida; T.K. Farrier, Mistawsis, Sask; Two-Tone, Pocatello, Ida; Umatilla Express, Pendleton Ore; Young Money, Browning, Mont.