FLOYD, DEMON WARLOCK DOMINATE FRIDAY
AUBURN, Wash. (June 2, 2017) – Owner/breeder Tim Floyd enjoyed a sensational evening Friday at Emerald Downs.
Floyd, whose nom de course is Warlock Stables, owned or co-owned three winners on the seven-race card, and his sire Demon Warlock scored a natural hat trick in races three through five with No Talking ($10.40), Live Like Mike ($9.80) and Crimson Warlock ($4.60) all winning races.
As an owner, Floyd is sole owner of Crimson Warlock and is co-owner of Live Like Mike with Michael Roche and co-owner of Bullet Express with Brett Brophy and Saratoga West #11.
Demon Warlock, who stands for $1,500 at Roche Farm in Yakima, is coming off his best season at Emerald Downs in 2016 when his 17 wins finished fourth in the sire standings—including four by Live Like Mike.
In the $11,200 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds, Bullet Express charged through an opening inside and scored a one-length victory over Sweet Swindler.
Ridden by Jose Zunino, Bullet Express covered 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.25 and paid $11.80, $5.80 and $2.80. A Bullet Train gelding trained by Jeff Metz, Bullet Express is 2-3-2 in 15 career starts with earnings of $26,433.
Sweet Swindler, an 8-1 long shot ridden by Leonel Camacho-Flores, rallied to finish second and paid $7.80 and $5, while Gravel, the 5-to-2 co-favorite ridden by Rocco Bowen, finished third and paid $3.20.
Raging Warrior, Spikes High, Marquee Marini, Maurice Code and Afinetimeforwine rounded out the order of finish.
NOTES: Congratulations to Wanda Munger and trainer Niccolo Troiani on their first victory since the passing of Don Munger on May 14. Jima, a 4-year-old Nacheezmo filly ridden by Natasha Coddington, held on for a $39.60 upset in the seventh race. . .Jima’s victory helped create a carryover of $11,923 to Saturday’s $0.20 Pick 7. . .Friday’s $0.50 Pick 5 paid a season-high $14,021 to one winning ticket. . .The track record $0.50 Pick 5 payout is $22,700 on April 10, 2016. . .The Motion Man, second at odds of 70-1 in the fifth race, paid a season-high $31.40 to place. . .Jockey Rocco Bowen’s streak of 12 straight days with a win was snapped Friday, but he still owns a commanding 40-23 lead on Kevin Orozco atop the standings. . .Roddina Barrett was the lone trainer with two wins Friday. . .Trainer Alan Bozell saddled Pre Mo Diamond ($3.60) and Angel Mary to a one-two finish in Friday’s first race for $25,000 claiming maiden 3-year-old fillies. . .Live racing continues Saturday with a nine-race card at 2 p.m.