ARCADIA, Calif. (May 9, 2015)–Jockey Elvis Trujillo registered a significant career milestone Saturday at Santa Anita, as the Panama native won his 2,000th race aboard first time starter Matriculate in the first race of the afternoon.
Trujillo, 31, sat second going into the far turn and went on to a rousing 6 ½ length win aboard the 3-year-old California-bred colt who is trained by Bill Spawr. Owned by Acker, Beauchamp, Smith and Whitney, LLC, Lindo and partners, the son of Lucky Pulpit negotiated 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.09 and paid $7.20, $3.80 and $2.60.
“I just want to thank all the trainers and owners on the East Coast and out here who have been so good to me,” said Trujillo, who was joined in the Winner’s Circle by his wife, Raquel and young sons Elvis, Jr., Emanuel Jeremiah and Jorge Clifford. “Trainers like Bill Spawr, Peter Miller, Jerry Hollendorfer and Steve DiMauro have all helped me so much. I’d like to win two thousand more and with God’s help and if I stay healthy, hopefully I can.