Washington Champ Demon Warlock Retired

(from Emerald Downs notes)
Demon Warlock, Washington-bred Horse of the Year in 2004, has been retired by owners Tim and Allen Floyd and Mike Nist.

During a 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 Portland Mile April 9, 2005. During that race, Demon Warlock sustained a leg injury and was sidelined for over a year. He returned in the Seattle Handicap this April and ran three times in 2006 but without regaining his previous form.

Demon Warlock's 2004 campaign was his best after the son of Demons Begone was claimed at Golden Gate Fields in March for $25,000 and transferred north.

Trainer Terry Gillihan brought Demon Warlock to Emerald Downs for the FSN Handicap in May 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. In his biggest effort of the year, he ran second behind Adreamisborn in the $250,000 Longacres Mile (gr. III), Washington's premier race.

Demon Warlock capped off his 2004 season at Emerald with a win in the Muckleshoot Tribal Classic.

Tim Floyd said Demon Warlock would stand as a stud. "We have four mares we're ready to send to him once we decide which farm he will stand at."

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