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Comcast SportsNet NW to air Indian Relays at Emerald Downs


May 24, 2016     E-mail this page to a friend!

Indian Relay Racing returns to Emerald Downs the weekend of June 10, 11, and 12, 2016
(photo by Reed & Erin Palmer/Emerald Downs)
Comcast SportsNet NW, an affiliate of the NBC Sports Group, has announced that it will broadcast the $50,000 Muckleshoot Gold Cup as part of the Emerald Downs live program over the three-day competition.

Eighteen of the best Indian Relay teams in the country have entered the Muckleshoot Gold Cup, scheduled for June 10 to June 12. Tribes from Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington will be represented.

Live programming airs from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, June 10; 2:00 p.m. to 6;00 p.m. on Saturday, June 11; and 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 12.

Emerald Downs President Phil Ziegler is excited about the weekend broadcasts. “We know there are a lot of viewers who have never seen Indian Relay Racing and I’m sure there will be a lot of new fans of the sport after they see how exciting it is.”

There are also plans to package the races and behind the scenes interviews and highlights into a one hour special program. In addition to the broadcast on Comcast SportsNet all the races will be shown live on the track’s web site, www.emeralddowns.com and each race will be posted to the track’s You Tube channel.

Indian Relay is the Nation’s oldest sport with a history that goes back 500 years by many accounts. Teams will race twice around the Emerald Downs one-mile track and exchange 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 and the Muckleshoot Casino is sponsoring the competition.