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April 20, 1986 | JOHN NADEL, Associated Press
Less than four years ago, Alex Solis left Panama for Florida with $700 in his pocket and little more than a dream to become a great jockey. "I didn't know anybody in this country. I didn't speak a word of English," he said. On May 3, he will ride Snow Chief, the early favorite, in the Kentucky Derby. True, Snow Chief has more name recognition than Solis, but trainer Mel Stute wouldn't dream of swapping the 22-year-old rider for a "name" like Laffit Pincay, Angel Cordero or Chris McCarron.
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April 22, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
The longest graded stakes race in North America ended Sunday at Santa Anita with a furious two-horse charge down the stretch that was so close at the finish line it took six minutes to decide whose nose crossed the line first. Bourbon Bay and jockey Joel Rosario were determined the winners of the 13/4-mile $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap by a nose over Eagle Poise and jockey Alex Solis. "That's a heart attack horse," a Bourbon Bay supporter quipped in the winner's circle after his No. 2 was posted on the tote board in the first-place position.
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November 26, 2007 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
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.
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April 7, 2012 | By Larry Stewart
Holy Candy, the horse part-owned by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, was scratched Saturday morning from the Santa Anita Derby, a few hours before the 75th running of the $750,000 race that serves as a major prep for the Kentucky Derby. Holy Candy will instead run in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on April 14. Brees is one of 12 members of Donkey Island Racing, which owns Holy Candy along with breeder Craig Stables, headed by Jenny Craig. Alex Solis Jr., who manages Donkey Island Racing, said trainer John Sadler wanted to give Holy Candy an extra week off, plus he likes the horse's chances at Keeneland better.
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April 3, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
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.
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January 13, 1993 | BILL CHRISTINE
The fan who scuffled with Alex Solis at Santa Anita has filed a complaint of battery against the jockey, the Arcadia police said Tuesday. Solis, after riding an odds-on favorite to a third-place finish in the last race at Santa Anita on Dec. 30, scuffled with Vincent Arias, 37, of Chino, on the way back to the jockeys' room. Arias has said that he suffered a broken nose and a black eye. Solis' mounts earned $8.8 million last year, ranking him 10th nationally.
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June 16, 1989
A Thrilling Moment took the lead around the far turn and drew off to a 2 3/4-length victory over favored Paper Princess in the $31,000 allowance feature for 3-year-old fillies Thursday at Hollywood Park. Ridden by Alex Solis, A Thrilling Moment covered the 1 1/16 miles on the turf in 1:41 3/5 for her third consecutive victory and her fourth in five career starts. A Thrilling Moment returned $14.40, $5 and $3.20.
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May 18, 1989
Paramount Jet, under Alex Solis, caught the leader with less than a furlong to go and went on to win the $32,000 feature by three-quarters of a length Wednesday at Hollywood Park. Even-money favorite Sabulose, with Corey Nakatani aboard, finished second, nine lengths in front of Sure Swift, ridden by Gary Stevens, in a field of seven. The winner covered one mile over a fast track in 1:34 1/5 and earned $17,600. It was the colt's second victory in six starts this year and boosted his career earnings to $102,450.
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September 9, 1986
Heavily favored Evil Elaine, ridden by Bill Shoemaker, led from the start Monday en route to a 2 3/4-length victory in the $55,200 Coronado Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. Perchance To Dream, ridden by Luis Ortega, finished second, three lengths in front of Key Bid, ridden by Alex Solis, in a field of nine juvenile fillies. Evil Elaine, who earned her owners $32,700 for the victory, was clocked in a swift 1.09 3/5 for six furlongs over a fast track. Sent off as the 1-2 favorite, she paid $3, $2.
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April 4, 2012 | By Larry Stewart
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.
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December 27, 2009 | Bill Dwyre
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....
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April 3, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
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.
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March 1, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
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.
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March 1, 2008 | Bill Dwyre
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.
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November 26, 2007 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
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.
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January 21, 2005 | Bill Christine
For the first time since July, jockey Alex Solis will get on some horses today. Riding them in races is about two or three weeks off, but Solis will begin to exercise them in the mornings at Santa Anita. He's coming back from a spill on July 23 at Del Mar, where he fractured a vertebra and broke three ribs. "I just got the green light from the doctor," Solis said Thursday night. "I'm real excited. Once I get going, we'll just have to see how it comes along before I start taking mounts again."
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September 10, 1987 | Associated Press
Favored Contempt, ridden by Laffit Pincay, moved to the lead in the final furlong and won by 1 lengths in Wednesday's $53,550 Rancho Santa Fe Stakes for 2-year-olds at Del Mar. Running Over, with Alex Solis up, finished second a half-length in front of No Commitment, ridden by Russell Baze, in a field of six juveniles. Contempt fell back to last after the start and began his rally under right-hand pressure from Pincay with a quarter-mile to run.
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March 16, 2007 | Bob Mieszerski
For the second consecutive year, jockey Alex Solis is a finalist for horse racing's Hall of Fame. Solis, who is nearing 4,500 wins, including three Breeders' Cup victories and a 1986 Preakness success with Snow Chief, is one of 13 humans and horses announced as finalists Thursday. Jose Santos and Randy Romero are the others in the jockey category, and Gary Jones, John Veitch and Bob Wheeler are the candidates among trainers.
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July 20, 2006 | Eric Sondheimer, Times Staff Writer
On a day that brought out the largest opening-day crowd in Del Mar history, a pair of imports from Ireland and France, Lightning Hit and Obrigado, raced to come-from-behind victories under jockey Alex Solis in divisions of the one-mile Oceanside Stakes for 3-year-olds on the turf. "What can be better?"
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