Colville tribal members, Tyler Peasley, Jimmy Marchand, Virgil Tonasket and John Pakootas stand with family and friends after winning in Sheridan, July 17

Colville tribal members, Tyler Peasley, Jimmy Marchand, Virgil Tonasket and John Pakootas stand with family and friends after winning in Sheridan, July 17

Sheridan, Wyoming. – Redemption road for Omak Express as they had to wait almost two years to get back to Sheridan.

After placing second at Sheridan in 2019, and with last year’s race being cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak, Omak Express was finally able to take the track at this year’s 24th annual World Championship Indian Relay Race.

They held nothing back as Tribal jockey Tyler Peasley helped guide Omak Express to a big win at Sheridan Wyoming’s World Championship Indian Relay Race on Saturday (July 17) evening.

We went down there and redeemed ourselves,” said Jimmy Marchand, catcher for Omak Express.

“It was a good accomplishment for us. In 2019 we went down there and got second. We really wanted it because last year we really didn’t get to race.”

Omak Express earned a spot in the championship race by solid finishes in the first three days of racing and saved their best performance for last.

At the beginning of the race, Jockey’s tried their best to keep their horses calm but sometimes its not always that easy.

For Peasley and company, they started off near the back as their lead horse reared up, causing them to fall to fourth place.

After their first full lap Omak Express would find themselves in fourth place at the start of the second lap.

River Road maintained their lead up until the second exchange and that’s where Peasley and Omak Express made their move as they had another clean, smooth exchange and went right to the lead as they rounded the first corner.

After getting out to the front with one lap remaining, Peasley managed to hold off the rest of the field for the last lap and helped Omak Express get a big win out on the Plains.

“We just came out to run a solid race,” said John “J-Dub” Pakootas, (Colville tribal member) and back-holder for Omak Express.

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