April 4, 2012 |
Ten horses were entered in Saturday's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on Wednesday morning, including one partly owned by Drew Brees. Holy Candy, a surprise late entry, is owned by breeder Craig Stables, which is headed by Jenny Craig of weight-loss program fame, and Donkey Island Racing, a group that includes the New Orleans Saints quarterback. But indications later Wednesday were that Holy Candy's trainer, John Sadler, might choose to bypass Santa Anita's historic race and run the horse in the $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., on April 14. Holy Candy has raced only four times, winning once.
December 27, 2009 |
Someday soon, Zenyatta will stop dominating the Southern California horse racing scene. Not quite yet. Saturday, at Santa Anita's traditional opening day, 35,292 showed up and the recent Breeders' Cup Classic heroine danced a little, jogged a little and was clearly still the apple of everybody's eye. Lots of interesting things happened for the big crowd on this prestigious kickoff day to Southern California's main thoroughbred meeting....
April 3, 2009 |
The demons, Alex Solis says, would always come at night, when the house was quiet and he was alone with his thoughts. "There were so many times that I got up in the middle of the night and I was crying," he remembers. "I knew my mind was playing games with me and I didn't know how to deal with it." Arguably the best jockey in the country until a horrifying spill fractured his back and shattered his confidence nearly five years ago, Solis saw his career slipping away.
March 1, 2009 |
So far, the stars of the Kentucky Derby prep season are a horse named after a grapefruit and a trainer who is a lovable fruitcake. Jockey Alex Solis rode The Pamplemousse around Santa Anita's mile-and-an-eighth course Saturday like a guy driving to the grocery store at midnight. Nobody in front, nobody to the side. No sweat. He won the $200,000 Grade III Sham Stakes by six lengths and it appeared as if The Pamplemousse wanted to go around again.
March 1, 2008 |
When you hang around the back of the pack a lot, as jockey Alex Solis did much of last year and the first five weeks of this one, you have time to think. "Retirement? Well, no," he says. "Oh, I guess I thought about it, maybe a little. But the bottom line is, I still love being here." And so, when the horses go to the gate for 71st running of the Santa Anita Handicap today, Solis will be there, aboard Celtic Dreamin, and with no intention of hanging around the back of the pack.
November 26, 2007 |
An Irish-bred 3-year-old horse named Daytona motored to the lead in the $500,000 Hollywood Derby on Sunday at Hollywood Park and never gave it up, holding off hard-charging Medici Code to win by half a length. Even-money favorite Nobiz Like Shobiz never threatened and finished eighth. Daytona, ridden by Mike Smith and trained by Dan Hendricks, is owned by a four-person syndicate put together by the 23-year-old son of jockey Alex Solis, Alex Jr.