05/07/2012 1:57PM

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.