Emerald Downs Wrap-Friday, May 31

Rockit a Day with jockey Juan Gutierrez


AUBURN, Wash. (May 31, 2024) – Rockit a Day blasted to the early lead and held off I’m Telling Mom and My Quiet Place for an upset victory in Friday’s $17,000 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-old fillies at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by Juan Gutierrez, Rockit a Day covered 5 ½ furlongs in 1:03.54 and paid $25.48 and joining Move Over as the first two-time winners at the 2024 meet. Bonnie Jenne saddled the winner for Club Lucky Racing, who claimed the daughter of Atta Boy Roy on May 4.

Gunned to the lead from the outside post, Rockit a Day set fractions of :22.26, :44.85, and :57.22 en route to the victory, fending off I’m Telling Mom in the final furlong. She earned $9,690 and upped her career ledger to 2-0-3 in eight starts with earnings of $26,475.

I’m Telling Mom, the 8 to 5 second choice ridden by Carlos Montalvo, finished second in her 2024 debut, and was claimed for $25,000 by trainer Joe Toye for owner Rage (Greg Conley).

My Quiet Place, ridden by Isaias Enriquez, finished third while She’s a Kraken, a slight 8 to 5 favorite in the wagering, finished fourth. Parker’s Fifteen and Lutes Sea Gypsy rounded out the order of finish; Betty Lute was scratched earlier in the day.

NOTES: Friday’s mutuel handle totaled $663,744 on a seven-race card. . .Leslie Mawing was the only jockey with two wins. . .Justin Evans and Blaine Wright each recorded wins and Evans leads Wright 9-6 in the trainers standings. . .9-year-old Move Over ($6.30) became the first two-time winner of the meet, holding off stablemate Creative Bid for the victory in race five. Allyssa Morales rode the winner for Miguel Hernandez, who improved to 4-1-3 from 12 starts in his first season at Emerald Downs. Move Over has won four straight overall, two at Turf Paradise and two at Emerald Downs. . .Summer Shandee ($4.14) took the opener and became the first horse with three in the money finishes at the meet, having compiled a second May 4, a third May 19, and the victory in Friday’s $3,500 claimer for older horses. .Validate ($13.70) gave Washington Hall of Fame Trainer Howard Belvoir his first win of the meet and 822nd lifetime at Emerald Downs, No. 3 on the all-time list. . . Racing continues Saturday with first post 1:30 p.m. on Teacher Appreciation Weekend, including Saturday’s first-ever Teacher’s Race on the racetrack.