Monday, August 18th, 2014   ( 3 years ago )

Battle Off The Saddle


Jockeys Elvis Trujillo and Corey Nakatani to box in special exhibition match


DEL MAR, Calif. – Two of Del Mar’s top jockeys – Corey Nakatani and Elvis Trujillo – are going to battle it out in the ring rather than on the track Saturday, August 30, in a highly anticipated three-round exhibition boxing match. Winner earns jockeys’ room bragging rights as these two elite athletes trade punches to raise money for a great cause in what has been dubbed the “Battle Off The Saddle.”


The event – featuring seven fights with the tussle between Nakatani and Trujillo being the sixth of the night – will begin immediately following the last race of the day at approximately 7:15 p.m. The professional main event features WBC Caribbean Champion Ruben “El Cobra” Garcia (10-0, 5 KOs) of Cancun, Mexico and battle-tested Javier “El Bravo” Gallo (21-9, 12 KOS) of Buena Park.


The coming to blows in the “Battle Off The Saddle” benefits the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, a public charity that provides financial assistance to some 60 former jockeys who suffered career-ending injuries while riding. A percentage of each reserved ticket purchased will be donated to the Fund, which is supported by The Jockeys’ Guild. 


Forty-three-year-old Corey “Knock Out” Nakatani, is one of the top athletes in the room and a man who has never shied from a scuffle in the past, giving him the reputation as a bit of a racing bad boy. The veteran rider, who will celebrate his 26th year in the saddle this October, has more than 3,700 wins and $221 million in purses to his credit.


Newer to the scene, but riding at the top of his game, is 30-year-old Elvis “Heart Break” Trujillo. The Panamanian is currently tied for leading rider at the shore oval with 18 wins in the first 21 days of racing. In his 13-year-career he has won nearly 2,000 races and more than $61 million in purses. Before finding his passion for racing, Trujillo trained to be a boxer in his youth, a fact that could certainly come into play in the “Battle Off The Saddle”.


Nakatani and Trujillo will officially weigh in for their fight between races in the winner’s circle at Del Mar Friday, August 29.


General Admission to the “Battle Off The Saddle” is free with racetrack admission prior to the last race of the day. Fans who arrive following the last race will be charged $35 for the boxing event. Pre-paid racetrack tickets, complimentary racetrack tickets and season racetrack passes are not accepted for the “Battle Off The Saddle” after the last race.


Tickets for close-in seating are available via the Ringside at Del Mar website, Prices start at $35 and go up to $65 with VIP Tables (which can accommodate 10 people) for $75 per seat.


For more information about other upcoming Ringside at Del Mar boxing series events at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and to purchase tickets to the “Battle Off the Saddle”, visit This special edition of Ringside at Del Mar is presented by A&T Gym, Barron Entertainment and Paco Presents.


Racing at Del Mar happens Wednesdays through Sundays, with post time for the first race on most days at 2 p.m. On Fridays, first post is at 4 p.m. There will be a special Monday racing card on Labor Day, September 1. For more information, call 858-755-1141 or visit You can follow Del Mar on Twitter, @DelMarRacing, or become a fan on Facebook.