Forty-two horses have passed vet checks as jockeys, trainers, owners and horses prepare for 84th annual Suicide Race; elimination race set for Sunday, Aug. 4
OMAK – The clock is ticking for those looking to earn a spot on the line at the top of the 2019 World Famous Suicide Race hill, scheduled for Aug. 8-11.
As of the end of the day July 28, 29 horses successfully passed all three areas of the qualifying process, which includes a vet check, a swim test and a hill test.
“This year we have a record number of jockeys,” said Pete Palmer, President of the Owners and Jockeys Association, referring to the 43 jockeys who have qualified.
With the second weekend of qualifying complete, jockeys and horses will have one weekend left to qualify.
Dates and times are listed below
·Friday, August 2, qualifying will go from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
·Saturday, August 3, qualifying will go from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Entries will be open on Friday at 6 p.m. and close on Saturday at 8 p.m.
It’s still not certain that elimination races will be needed.
“Depending on the entries we are scheduled for either a jackpot race or two elimination races on Sunday,” said Palmer.
The jackpot race would start at 3 p.m. If there are to be two elimination races, they would start at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., on Aug. 4.
The two elimination races would determine the top 20 horses that would earn a spot in the World Famous Suicide Race with the first performance on Aug. 8.
All races will have a calcutta and are open to the public.
Palmer, who served previously as O&J President, has expressed that a few bumps in the road have presented themselves.
“We have met some challenges at the hill,’ said Palmer. “Specifically at Sunday’s practice, the algae in the river this year is really bad and has been causing some issues with our rescue boat. About an hour into practice Sunday we had to dock the boat because it was so plugged up with slimy green algae.”
Palmer expressed that the 5-Man Committee for the Owners and Jockeys Association made the choice to allow qualifications to continue.
“We put in some safety measures by adding two out riders on the downstream side of the hill in addition to the two on the upstream side of the hill,” she said. “We had our water crew out in the river to assist any riders who may get separated from their mounts. Luckily, we did not have to use any of them.”
An additional five horses qualified during Sunday’s practice to bring the total number of horses that have successfully passed the vet check to 42.
In past years the depth of the water or lack off has played a factor.
“Another challenge we are meeting is the low water,” said Palmer. “Which challenges the rescue boat and the horses … As always we are geared to make necessary adjustments to ensure the safety of both horse and riders.”
A few modifications have also been done to the hill as well.
“We were donated some clean sand bags from last years flood by the Tribes,” said Palmer. “They were emptied at the bottom of the hill to add some cushion and eliminate the drop from the low water.“
The first three Suicide Races will be night races, starting on Aug. 8, Aug. 9, and Aug. 10. Night races start after the Stampede Rodeo, which is usually around 9:45 p.m.
The only day race will be on Aug. 12, and it starts at around 3:30 p.m.
Below is a list of the 29 horses that have successfully passed all three of the required fields; This includes the vet check and then the swim test and finally the hill test.
Horse – Jockey – (Owner or Owners)
Augustus – Loren Marchand – (Loren Marchand, Mike & Sheri Jones)
Black Shay – Riley Prescott – (David “Babe” Palmer)
Chief – Josiah Desautel – (Tim Holt and Tyler Peasley)
Chief – Conner Picking – (Louis Castro)
Dale – Mike Harry – (John Pakootas)
Digger – Danny Trevino – (Danny Trevino)
Dillinger – Henry LaCourse – (Kevin LaCourse)
Dirty Dan – Andrew Whiteman – (Cassey Nissen)
Dollar – Kaden Desautel – (Blake Marchand)
Duranimal – Chance Carson – (Marchand Stables)
Eagle Boy – Scott Abrahamson – (Scott Abrahamson)
Edgar – Gib Seymour/Blaine – (Cole Seymour)
Gimmesome – BeauDeen Adolph – (George Marchand)
Houdini – Jim Best – (Jim Best and Ivory Ford)
Ice – Alex McCraigie / Matt Pakootas Jr. – (Blake Marchand)
Jackpot – Edward Marchand – (Bronson Peterson)
Jake – Tom Best/ Rocky Timentwa / Tyler Peasley – (Tom Best)
Julio – Gabriel Moses – (Annette Moses)
Lonesome – Tarren Meusy – (George Marchand)
Mufasa – Andrew Whiteman – (Jonathan Abrahamson)
Mufasa – Steven Ford – (Zane Marchand)
Omaha – Jason Meusy – (Jimmy Marchand)
Redline – Jasper Abrahamson – (Jake Taylor)
Redman – Abe Grunlose – (Abe Grunlose)
Schitzo Lenny – Francis Marchand – (Lacy and PJ Pakootas)
Spade – Tyler Peasley – (Mia Pakootas)
Spirit – Josh Harry – (Milo Pakootas)
Thunder – Montana Pakootas – (Casey Nissen)
Wind Walker – Audrey Seymour – (Audrey Seymour)