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Washington Champion Demon Warlock retires


July 7, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Michael Costanzo
Demon Warlock, Washington-bred Horse of the Year and Emerald Downs Horse of the Meeting in 2004, has been retired by owners Tim and Allen Floyd and Mike Nist.

Throughout his 28-race career, Demon Warlock posted a 10-3-5 record with $278,335 in earnings. His last trip to the winner's circle came in the $20,000 Portland Mile April 9, 2005. During that race, Demon Warlock sustained a leg injury, and was sidelined over a year. He returned in the Seattle Handicap in April of this year, and competed a total of three times in 2006, but never returned to his previous form.

Demon Warlock's 2004 campaign was the true centerpiece of his story. The son of Demons Begone was claimed at Golden Gate Fields in March of that year for $25,000. "I could see he was extremely competitive, and he was a Washington bred," Tim Floyd said. "He had a ton of heart and knew where the wire was. He won from 5 furlongs to 1 1/16 miles, and on every surface."

Trainer Terry Gillihan brought Demon Warlock to Emerald Downs for the FSN Handicap on May 23, 2004, where the colt finished third. He would go on to win the 2004 edition of the Budweiser Emerald Handicap and finish third in the Mt. Rainier Breeders' Cup before crossing the wire second in the $250,000 Grade III Longacres Mile.

Demon Warlock capped off his 2004 season at Emerald with a win in the Muckleshoot Tribal Classic en route to being honored as Horse of the Meeting and Washington-bred Horse of the Year.

"He was a very nice horse to train," Gillihan said. "He was fun to have in the barn. He was very special."

Floyd said Demon Warlock will stand as a stud, but the farm has not been decided. "We have four mares we're ready to send to him once we decide which farm he will stand at."