Alex O. Solis
Missed nearly seven months of action with a broken vertebra and three broken
ribs sustained in a fall at Del Mar July 23, 2004, returning in February. He
still managed to rank ninth nationally in total purse earnings in 2004 with
Rode Pleasantly Perfect to victory in the 2004 Dubai World Cup.
Won two Breeders' Cup races in 2003 with Johar (who finished in a dead heat)
in the Turf and aboard Pleasantly Perfect in the Classic, both trained by
Richard Mandella. Also finished second aboard Mandella-trained Minister Eric
in the Juvenile that year at Santa Anita.
Recorded one Breeders' Cup victory prior to that with Kona Gold in the 2000
Sprint. In winning at Churchill Downs, Kona Gold set a track and stakes record
with his time of 1:07.77.
Also has had seven seconds and four thirds in Breeders' Cup races for earnings
of $6,827,660 to rank ninth on the all-time list.
Ranked fourth nationally in purse earnings in 2003 with a career-best
First gained national prominence when he won the 1986 Preakness Stakes with
Finished second in the Kentucky Derby three out of four years with Captain
Bodgit in 1997, Victory Gallop in 1998 and Aptitude in 2000.
Won six consecutive major riding titles at Santa Anita, Hollywood and Del Mar,
beginning with the 1996 Hollywood Park summer season and ending with the 1997
Hollywood Park summer meet. Has won 20 meet riding titles overall.
Rode Mane Minister in 1991 to unprecedented consecutive third-place finishes
in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.
In the 1996 Pacific Classic, he rode Dare And Go to an upset victory that
ended Cigar's record-tying streak of 16 consecutive wins.
Won his 4,000th race with King Robyn on Oct. 24, 2003, at Santa Anita.
Received the George Woolf Memorial Award in 1997.
Got interested in racing as a youngster attending the track with his
father ... Enrolled in Panama jockey school at age 14 and learned the basics
of hotwalking and riding; he graduated in 1979 ... Won first race Nov. 7, 1981
at Presidente Remon, Panama.
Moved from Panama to Florida in 1982 to finish his apprenticeship and
subsequently became the leading rider on the Gulfstream, Hialeah and Calder
circuits ... Moved tack from Florida to Southern California in 1985.
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