Updated on 09/18/2011 12:52AM

Top sprinters meet in Seattle


AUBURN, Wash. - Twelve of the faster sprinters on the West Coast will come together in Sunday's Seattle Handicap at Emerald Downs, a six-furlong stakes with a purse of $40,000.

Shippers in the field include California invader Court's in Session, who will carry high weight of 120 pounds, and British Columbia star Roscoe Pito, who leads the field with earnings of $549,471.

Also shipping in from California is American Fury, while Crimson Design, Flaming Bullet, and Forty Durango all raced last in Oregon. Spanish Highway last raced at Sunland Park in New Mexico.

Heading the local contingent are multiple stakes winners Salt Grinder, Demon Warlock, and Slewicide Cruise. The talented up-and-comers Starbird Road and The Great Face round out the stellar field.

Court's in Session won a pair of stakes in 2004, including the Grade 3 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Sprint. He took almost all of last year off, but has come back running this year with a fourth, a second, and a third against stakes company in northern California and Arizona. In his most recent outing he was third in the Phoenix Gold Cup at Turf Paradise, despite breaking 11th in a field of 12 and being carried out badly turning into the stretch. Trainer Junior Coffey will saddle the 7-year-old Court's in Session, who will be ridden by Kevin Radke.

Roscoe Pito and Demon Warlock will share second-highweight honors at 119 pounds. Roscoe Pito has won 9 of his 22 starts, including a victory in his only previous start at Emerald Downs in the 2003 Emerald Breeders' Cup Derby.

Demon Warlock was horse of the meeting at Emerald in 2004, when he won the Budweiser Emerald Handicap and the Muckleshoot Tribal Classic and ran second to Adreamisborn in the Grade 3 Longacres Mile. Demon Warlock will be making his first start since injuring a suspensory ligament while winning last April's Portland Meadows Mile. Trainer Terry Gillihan is not sure what to expect of him on Sunday.

"I expect him to try, but he is probably going to need a race or two after such a long layoff," Gillihan said. "He is a stud horse, and he is heavier now than when he was racing. Also, who knows if he is as good as he was? I'll be happy if he runs a creditable race."

The first 3,000 fans through the turnstiles on Sunday will receive a free copy of the DVD "Laffit - All About Winning," featuring Laffit Pincay Jr.