09/16/2006 11:00PM

Norm's Nephew captures Muckleshoot Tribal Classic


AUBURN, Wash. - Norm's Nephew was a prompt favorite in the $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic at 1 1-16 miles for older horses, the centerpiece of Sunday's Washington Cup IV program, which included seven stakes for state-breds worth $300,000.

Norm's Nephew, who paid $4.20, completed an extremely formful day at Emerald Downs. Sunday's other stakes winners were She's All Silk ($3.40) in the one mile, $40,000 John and Kitty Fletcher Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, Skewing ($6.80) in the six furlong, $40,000 Diane Kem Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, Starbird Road $4.00) in the six furlong, $40,000 Chinook Pass Sprint for older horses, Midwesterner ($6.60) in the one mile, $40,000 Trooper Seven Stakes for 3-year-olds, Queenledo ($2.60) in the 1 1-16 mile, $50,000 Belle Roberts Stakes for older fillies and mares, and Immigration ($4.20) in the six furlong, $40,000 Captain Condo Stakes for 2-year-olds.

Norm's Nephew, who was ridden by Debbie Hoonan-Trujillo, pressed the pace of Corvallis Dee through six furlongs in 1:10, then powered to the front turning for home and drew off to score by 2 1-4 lengths over Wasserman in 1:41.20 for 1 1-16 miles. The Jimmy Orr-trained Norm's Nephew earned $25,510 for his owners, Gunshy Manor and Leona Orr, while notching his first win from six starts as a 4-year-old.

Starbird Road established a new track record in the Chinook Pass, speeding six furlongs in 1:07.40.