Alex Solis

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Alex Solis
Alex Solis, 2006
Occupation Jockey
Born March 25, 1964
Panama City, Panama
Career wins 4,984 (thru 3-28-14)
Major racing wins

Florida Derby (1986, 1997)
Santa Anita Derby (1986, 2006)
San Juan Capistrano Handicap
(1986, 1996, 2006)
Los Angeles Handicap
(1988, 1999, 2002, 2006)
Hollywood Derby (1989, 1999, 2002)
La Brea Stakes (1990, 2002)
Malibu Stakes (1990, 2000)
San Felipe Stakes (1990, 1992)
Del Mar Oaks (1992, 2008)
Eatontown Handicap (2000)
John C. Mabee Handicap (2003)
Eddie Read Handicap (2001, 2005, 2007)
Bing Crosby Handicap (1988, 1998, 2000, 2001)
Pat O'Brien Handicap (2006)
Del Mar Handicap (1990, 1997, 2003, 2006)
Del Mar Debutante Stakes
(1990, 1991, 1994, 2005)
Del Mar Futurity (1991, 1994)
Santa Paula Stakes (1995, 1997, 2007)
La Canada Stakes (1996, 2003, 2004)
Morris Handicap (1996)
Pacific Classic Stakes (1996)
Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (1997)
Wood Memorial Stakes (1997)
Yellow Ribbon Stakes (1997, 2005, 2009)
Santa Anita Handicap (1998)
Vernon O. Underwood Stakes (1999)
Providencia Stakes(1999, 2002, 2005)
San Gabriel Handicap (2000, 2003)
Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes (2001)
Secretariat Stakes (2001)
Manhattan Handicap (2002)
Del Mar Handicap (2003, 2006)
Sham Stakes (2003, 2004, 2009, 2010)
Sunshine Millions Sprint (2003)
Carter Handicap (2004)
Metropolitan Handicap (2004)
Acorn Stakes (2006)
Eddie Logan Stakes (2007)
Las Cienegas Handicap (2008)
Gamely Stakes (2009)
San Clemente Handicap (2009)
Sham Stakes (2009)
San Rafael Stakes (2009)
Railbird Stakes (2010)

American Classics / Breeders' Cup wins:
Preakness Stakes (1986)
Breeders' Cup Sprint (2000)
Breeders' Cup Turf (2003)
Breeders' Cup Classic (2003)

Canadian Classic Race wins:
Breeders' Stakes (2012)

International race wins:

Dubai Golden Shaheen (2000, 2004)
Dubai World Cup (2004)
Racing awards
George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award (1997)
Calder Race Course Hall of Fame (2002)
United States Racing Hall of Fame (2014)
Significant horses
Snow Chief, Kona Gold, Beat Hollow,
Pleasantly Perfect, Captain Bodgit,
Victory Gallop, Brother Derek,
The Pamplemousse, Irish Mission

Alex O. Solis (born March 25, 1964 in Panama City, Panama) is a jockey based in the United States. He currently lives in Glendora, California and rides predominantly in Southern California. He got his big break and his first gained national prominence when he won the 1986 Preakness Stakes with Snow Chief.

In 2002, he was inducted in the Calder Race Course Hall of Fame.

Solis won two Breeders' Cup races in 2003 with Johar (who finished in a dead heat) in the Breeders' Cup 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 Park. He ended the year ranked fourth nationally in purse earnings with a career-best $16,304,252.

Alex Solis finished second in the Kentucky Derby three out of four years with Captain Bodgit in 1997, Victory Gallop in 1998 and Aptitude in 2000.

Winner of the 2006 Santa Anita Derby aboard Brother Derek.

On February 28, 2009, Solis won the Sham Stakes aboard The Pamplemousse, who is part-owned by his son, Alex Solis II.

Solis is one of the jockeys featured in Animal Planet's 2009 reality documentary, Jockeys.

On June 6, 2010, Solis rode Mandurah to a new world record for a mile on the turf at Monmouth Park. Mandurah set the world record in a $50,000 starter series and broke the previous record of 1:31.41 set by Mister Light in 2005 at Gulfstream Park and now setting it to 1:31.23. It was the first ever start on turf for the six year old gelding and now the world record stands at 1:31.23 for one mile on the turf.

On August 5, 2012, Solis rode the filly Irish Mission to victory on the turf at Woodbine to capture the Breeders' Stakes. The win marked his first ever victory in a Canadian Triple Crown race.

Alex Solis was elected to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2000–present) Peak
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2000 11
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2001 8
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2002 8
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2003 4
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2004 9
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2005 14
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2006 12
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2007 35
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2008 37
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2009 30
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2010 66
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2011 28
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2012 91
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2013 77