Alex O. Solis
is a jockey
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based in the United States
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. He currently lives in Glendora, California
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and rides predominantly in Southern California
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. He got his big break and his first gained national prominence when he won the 1986 Preakness Stakes
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with Snow Chief
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In 2002, he was inducted in the Calder Race Course Hall of Fame.
Solis won two Breeders' Cup
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races in 2003 with Johar (who finished in a dead heat
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) in the Breeders' Cup Turf
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and aboard Pleasantly Perfect
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in the Classic, both trained by Richard Mandella
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. Also finished second aboard Mandella-trained Minister Eric in the Juvenile that year at Santa Anita Park
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. He ended the year ranked fourth nationally in purse earnings with a career-best $16,304,252.
Alex Solis finished second in the Kentucky Derby
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three out of four years with Captain Bodgit in 1997, Victory Gallop in 1998 and Aptitude in 2000.
Winner of the 2006 Santa Anita Derby
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aboard Brother Derek
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On February 28, 2009, Solis won the Sham Stakes
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aboard The Pamplemousse
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, who is part-owned by his son, Alex Solis II.
Solis is one of the jockeys featured in Animal Planet
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's 2009 reality documentary, Jockeys
On June 6, 2010, Solis rode Mandurah to a new world record for a mile on the turf at Monmouth Park. Mandurah set the world record in a $50,000 starter series and broke the previous record of 1:31.41 set by Mister Light in 2005 at Gulfstream Park
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and now setting it to 1:31.23. It was the first ever start on turf for the six year old gelding and now the world record stands at 1:31.23 for one mile on the turf.
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