Former jockey Elvis Trujillo enters the building as a trainer
USA: As a jockey, Elvis Trujillo was a member of the 2,000 club, having ridden a total of 2,102 winners and $70 million in purses in the US between 2001 and 2018.
Now he is also a member of the ‘one-club’ – as a trainer. A graduate of the Laffit Pincay Jr jockey school, the Panamanian broke his duck when Voodoo Valley, his fourth runner in his new role, struck in the second race at Laurel Park in Maryland on Saturday [August 22]. The five-year-old gelding took the claimer by 2¼ lengths.
Trujillo, 36, rode five G1 winners in his former life, among them the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint in 2007 on Maryfield and six graded stakes on Presious Passion. He also rode winners in his native Panama and Mexico City before moving north; he also had a four-month stint in Macau.
Trujillo was elated to land his maiden success as a trainer. “It feels so good, brother,” he said. “It’s amazing. Everybody is watching and everybody is jumping. I am so happy. It’s so good. It’s good for me, it’s good for my family, it’s good for everybody. Everybody helped me a lot and supported me so much in making the big change.”