DEL MAR, Calif. (Aug. 27, 2014) -- The Del Mar jockey colony will add a Hall of Fame rider this weekend when Alex Solis returns home to the West Coast after nearly five years being based in the east.
Solis, who became the 98th jockey inducted into the Hall of Fame earlier this month, has 4,992 career wins from 33,600 starts. His horses’ purse earnings are $235,699,608.
Solis, 50, is at Del Mar but was still in the process of the coast-to-coast relocation Wednesday morning, his agent Brandon O’Bryan said. Solis was here Sunday for the Pacific Classic and was in the winner’s circle after Shared Belief – part-owned by his bloodstock agent son Alex Jr. – won the $1 million event.
O’Bryan said the connection with Solis was initiated by a phone call from East Coast super agent Ron Anderson, who informed him that Solis desired to return to the West. Anderson is the agent for Joel Rosario.
“I gave Alex a call and we ended up meeting about a week later for lunch,” O’Bryan said. “This is home, where his family and his kids are, and I think that’s the main reason he wanted to come back and ride here.”
Solis is expected to be at the track Thursday or Friday morning to work horses and O’Bryan said he already had a couple of mounts lined up for races over the Labor Day weekend.
O’Bryan, a third-generation jockey agent has had Danny Sorenson, Alonso Quinonez, David Flores and Kerwin John among past clients and started the meeting representing Saul Arias. He will now exclusively represent Solis.
Retired trainer Mel Stute, who gave Solis a major break putting him on Snow Chief for the 1986 Triple Crown campaign which produced a victory in the Preakness, remains a big Solis supporter.
“Alex, in my opinion, is going to do real well here, same as Desormeaux has,” Stute said. “I told Kent when he came back, ‘They talk about the jocks we have here now but don’t you worry. You old timers will give them all a lesson.’ Mike Smith and Kent are doing really well here and so will Alex. He has the right style and he thinks when he rides.”
Solis joins Smith and Desormeaux as the Hall of Fame members in the Del Mar jockey colony. Gary Stevens underwent knee replacement surgery this summer but has expressed intentions of making a comeback.