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Alex O. Solis

Alex Solis

Born on 3/25 in Panama City, Panama

Currently lives in California,

Height: 5'3'' Weight: 112

Family: Wife Sheila (daughter of trainer J.B. Sonnier), sons Alex Jr., Andrew and Austin, and daughter Tiffany

Became involved in racing: His father took him to the track when he was 13. From that day he was hooked

First Win: Bionica - Panama City - 1981

Greatest Achievement: Winning Dubai World Cup and Breeders' Cup races

Career Goals: To win the Triple Crown

Hobbies: Hiking, golfing, collecting wine

Role Models: Fernando Toro, Laffit Pincay, Eddie Delahousaye, Chris McCarron, Jerry Bailey

Favorite Sport: Golf, Basketball

Favorite Horse Ridden: Snow Chief, Pleasantly Perfect, Megahertz, Kona Gold

Favorite Food: Panamanian & Italian


Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Winning % In Money %
2008723 101 82 439 $5953991 13% 39%

 

News:

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
$11,554,851.

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
$16,304,252.

First gained national prominence when he won the 1986 Preakness Stakes with
Snow Chief.

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.

PDJF

Thoroughbred Jockeys' Leaderboard: Mount Earnings
1.   Javier Castellano $17,761,676
2.   Joel Rosario $14,540,113
3.   Irad Ortiz, Jr. $12,444,303
4.   John Velazquez $10,531,339
5.   Jose L. Ortiz $9,903,904
6.   Mike Smith $9,681,648
7.   Rosie Napravnik $8,230,510
8.   Victor Espinoza* $7,989,537
9.   Jose Lezcano $7,941,448
10.   Rajiv Maragh $7,873,535
As of 08/26/14
*non-Member
 
 
Thoroughbred Jockeys' Leaderboard: Wins
1.   Javier Castellano 234
2.   Russell Baze 231
3.   Paco Lopez 199
4.   Antonio Gallardo 195
5.   Richard Eramia 186
6.   Irad Ortiz, Jr. 185
7.   Edgard Zayas 181
8.   Trevor McCarthy* 166
9.   Ronnie Allen, Jr.* 160
10.   James Graham 159
As of 08/26/14
*non-Member
 
 
Quarter Horse Jockey Standings: Mount Earnings
1.   G. R. Carter $2,039,356
2.   Cody Jensen $1,916,989
3.   Jimmy Dean Brooks $1,568,338
4.   Omar Reyes $1,512,397
5.   John Hamilton $1,290,301
6.   Larry Gamez* $1,288,792
7.   David A. Alvarez* $1,274,264
8.   Cruz Mendez $1,253,021
9.   Esgar Ramirez $1,204,350
10.   Ricky Ramirez $1,203,624
As of 08/26/14
*non-Member
 
 
Quarter Horse Jockey Standings: Wins
1.   G.R. Carter 103
2.   John Hamilton 91
3.   Cruz Mendez 89
4.   David Alvarez* 80
5.   Cesar DeAlba 78
6.   Omar Reyes 68
7.   Alfonso Lujan 66
8.   Agustin Silva 64
9.   Esgar Ramirez 63
10.   Luis L. Vivanco 63
As of 08/26/14
*non-Member
 
 

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