05/07/2012 2:57PM

Alex Solis begins riding at Woodbine


Jockey Alex Solis has moved his tack to Woodbine and had three mounts for trainer Lisa Lewis here Sunday.

Solis has won 4,926 career races and his mounts have earned more than $228 million in a career that began in 1982.

Solis, 48, has spent most of his career in California but moved his base of operations to the East Coast in 2010. He has ridden primarily at Gulfstream, Keeneland, and in New York this year. Although he only has seven 2012 victories, he won the Grade 1 Maker’s 46 Mile on Data Link at Keeneland on April 13.

His major career successes include a Breeders’ Cup double in 2003 with Pleasantly Perfect in the Classic and Johar, dead-heat winner of the Turf. Solis, 48, also won the 1986 Preakness with Snow Chief and has ridden the second-place finishers in three Kentucky Derbies: Captain Bodgit (1997), Victory Gallop (1998), and Aptitude (2000).

Solis’s current immigration status allows him to ride only for American owners here. Tom Patton, who also is the agent for Eurico Rosa da Silva, will represent Solis.


chuck More than 1 year ago
I have been betting Woodbine for the past four years. There are five or six riders that can hold their own any place in the states. It is a stronger riding colony than california or chicago.
Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
I'll give you Chicago but no way it's stronger than Cali. I'd take Rosario, Gomez, Smith, and maybe even Espinoza over anyone riding at Woodbine.
peter More than 1 year ago
Is he dating Lisa Lewis?
Jack More than 1 year ago
Blaine MacMillan More than 1 year ago
He's having fun riding all over North America before he retires. Still got talent as proven with Data Link at Keeneland. Wants to get to 5K in wins ASAP.
Dean More than 1 year ago
what a bad move! He should follow the plan corey nakatani did. Move tack to Arlington Park and crush the bad jockey colony. Purses are up too!! Get some confidence then go Oaklawn next year. He is good rider still esp on Turf!!
Robin Dawson More than 1 year ago
Woodbine is one of the best tracks in North America with, perhaps, some of the most mediocre jockeys. So I'd say it was a pretty good move.
Dean More than 1 year ago
He will not get the mounts he needs up there unless he has some sort of contract with US owners. The rider coloney there has been the same for many years for most part so it will be touhh for him esp since he will not get many live mounts due to fact he cant ride for canadian owners. What a bad idea that was.
Robin Dawson More than 1 year ago
Marke Casse trains for Will Farrish and Ward....Roger Attfield trains for several top American owners....then there's Steve Asmussen, Wesley Ward etc., what else does he need? Mercifully, he won't have to ride for Abraham Katryan or Bosco Buttigeig.
EddySealy More than 1 year ago
Robin, obviously you don't know anything about the jocks at woodbine..take a look at Patrick husbands,luis Contreras, Emma-Jayne Wilson and Eurico Rosa Da Silva..every year they are in the top 10 to 15 money riders in north America..these guys can ride, so don't think for one moment that Alex will go to woodbine and have it easy..take a look at husbands resume and maybe you call these jocks mediocre.
Robin Dawson More than 1 year ago
Eddy, with all due respect, these riders are big fish in a small pond. I've worked in racing all over the world and know a thing or two about our sport and jockeys. Patrick Husbands is the best local jockey...Contreras rides every horse exactly the same...E-JW is just another rider and da Silva is far too fond of his whip (in England he'd be permanently suspended). Woodbine's jockeys colony is protected by the local HBPA and Jockey's Guild that keep out foreign riders, which enables the likes of Clark, Landry and Dos Ramos to prosper into their dottage.
EddySealy More than 1 year ago
Robin, I understand what you are saying but the riders you mention are no good, Robert Landry doesn't even ride anymore..Every jockey colony has bad riders.
James Mcrae More than 1 year ago
welcomr to canada alix i wish you luck and please if you want to be successfull dont go wide on the turn for home watch contrras he stays in the middle inside and saves a ton the outside is a killer good luck to you