Oliver Pakootas and Onyx lead the field down the hill on Saturday night

Oliver Pakootas and Onyx lead the field down the hill on Saturday night

OMAK – He started racing in the Suicide Race when he was 16 years old. Now 12 years later, Oliver Pakootas has reached the promise land.

Pakootas and Onyx for the third night in row held off the field on their way to winning Saturday night’s Suicide Race and wrapping up the overall title, a first for Pakootas.

“This feels pretty awesome,” said Pakootas after the race. “I kinda fell off when I hit the water and Onyx just jumped right back underneath me.”

“He tore off that line like he usually does. Can’t believe it yet!”

Onyx was the first horse to the top of the hill and the first one to hit the Okanogan River and from there it was a sprint to the finish line in the Stampede Arena.

“This was a tough year for us,” said Scott Abrahamson. “Oliver just got the better of us this year.”

Josiah Desautel and Blur for the second straight night placed second and Abrahamson and Eagle Boy would go on to place third.

Top 5 results for Saturday night’s Suicide race: results are unofficial

Place – Jockey – (Horse) – Owner  – points won

1st  – Oliver Pakootas – (Onyx) – Shawnnae & Oliver Pakootas – 5 points

2nd – Josiah Desautel – (Blur) - Tim Holt / Tyler Peasley – 4 points

3rd  – Scott Abrahamson – (Eagle Boy) – Scott Abrahamson – 3 points

4th  – Rocky Timentwa – (Digger) –Daniel Trevino – 2 points

5th  – Loren Marchand – (Augustus) – Loren Marchand/ Mike & Sheri Jones – 1 points

Standings for the Overall title

Place – Jockey – (Horse) – Owner  – points won

1st  – Oliver Pakootas – (Onyx) – Shawnnae & Oliver Pakootas – 15 points

2nd – Josiah Desautel – (Blur) - Tim Holt / Tyler Peasley – 8 points

3rd – Scott Abrahamson – (Eagle Boy) – Scott Abrahamson – 6 points

4th – Tarren Meusy – (Lonesome) – George Marchand – 4 points

5th  – Francis Marchand – (Schitzo Lenny) – Lacy & PJ Pakootas – 3 points

5th  – Riley Prescott – (Black Shay) – David “Babe” Palmer – 3 point

7th  – Rocky Timentwa– (Digger) –Daniel Trevino – 2 points

7th  – Steven Ford – (Mufasa) – Zane Marchand/Leslie Herman – 2 points

9th  – Loren Marchand – (Augustus) Loren Marchand/ Mike & Sheri Jones – 1 point

9th  – Edward Marchand – (Jackpot) – Bronson Peterson – 1 point

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