07/10/2003 12:00AM

Solis takes on invaders


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - It will be up to local riders such as Alex Solis to prevent a sweep by visiting jockeys of Sunday's three major stakes at Hollywood Park.

The $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup for older horses, the $400,000 Swaps Stakes for 3-year-olds, and the $250,000 A Gleam Handicap has attracted top riders from Kentucky and New York.

Jerry Bailey is seeking his fifth Gold Cup win, aboard Congaree, the likely favorite.

One of Congaree's biggest threats is Harlan's Holiday, ridden by New York-based John Velazquez. Harlan's Holiday won the Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park and was second in the Dubai World Cup.

In the Swaps Stakes at 1 1/8 miles, Pat Day, who has been riding at Churchill Downs, rides Ten Most Wanted, the runner-up in the Belmont Stakes. Bailey has the call on the longshot During.

In the A Gleam, Bailey rides You, an eight-time stakes winner trained by Bobby Frankel. Bailey rode You to a victory in her last start, the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 14. Day rides the longshot Wild Tickle.

Even with those talented runners in the entries, Solis, 39, has excellent chances for success on Sunday. He will be trying to win each of those three stakes for the first time.

Two of Solis's mounts have won important races at this meeting.

In the Gold Cup, Solis rides Kudos, the winner of the Californian Stakes on June 14, the top local prep for the Gold Cup. In the Swaps Stakes, Solis is reunited with Eye of the Tiger, aboard whom he won the Affirmed Handicap on June 22.

Solis rides the longshot Brisquette in the A Gleam Handicap over seven furlongs. Trained by Richard Mandella, Brisquette was third in an allowance race for turf sprinters on June 20. "She'll need to run the race of her life," Solis said.

Kudos has been no worse than third in four starts this year, including third-place finishes in the Santa Anita and Oaklawn handicaps.

Seven runners are in the Gold Cup. Kudos will be helped the presence of front-runners Congaree, Golden Ticket, and Western Pride. Piensa Sonando and Rodion also start.

In the Californian, Kudos rallied from last in a field of seven to beat Piensa Sonando by a half-length. "I hope we get a good pace in front of us and we can get up there," Solis said.

Eye of the Tiger is a stalker. In the Affirmed he was third until the final turn and rallied strongly in the stretch to win by 4 1/2 lengths.

"I was very impressed," Solis said. "I worked him three or four times and I was more impressed with his race. He was a different horse than his workouts."

Ten Most Wanted will be coupled with Logician. The other starters in the Swaps are Blazonry, Bullistic, and Outta Here.

Sunday is Solis' final day of the spring-summer meeting, which ends on July 20. Next week, he is taking his family on a vacation in Acapulco.

Ending the meet with a stakes win would be ideal. "This will be a good way to finish the meeting," he said.