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The Notebook April 03, 2014

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Out of the Gate with ... Alex Solis II

Bloodstock agent Alex Solis II grew up in a racing family. His grandfather Bert Sonnier was a trainer who conditioned horses such as two-time champion older horse Nodouble and graded stakes winner Meadowlake.

His father, Alex Solis, is a multiple graded stakes winning jockey with nearly 5,000 wins. He won the Preakness Stakes aboard Snow Chief in 1986 and is a winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic and Dubai World Cup. Solis has amassed purse earnings of $234,947,718 through April 2 and currently ranks 10th in North American earnings.

Solis II spent a lot of his summer time at the barn at Arlington Park as a youngster, and while there he had the opportunity to work for some of the top names in the horse racing business. Solis’ first job in the industry was working for trainer Mel Stute when he was 12. Solis also worked for Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky under John Hall and then later he worked closely with trainers Bruce Headley and Hall of Famer Richard Mandella before branching out on his own and forming his own bloodstock agency (AKA a company that helps people buy racehorses).

Name: Alex Solis II

What I do for a living: Bloodstock agent

How and when I was introduced to Thoroughbred racing: I was born into the industry. My father is a jockey and my grandfather was a trainer.

My favorite racetrack: Del Mar

My favorite Thoroughbred racing event: Breeders’ Cup

Other sports/teams I follow: Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Lakers

What I would like to see more of in Thoroughbred racing: Young racing fans

What I would like to see less of in Thoroughbred racing: Medication abuse

Three words that define what Thoroughbred racing means to me: Love, excitement, and passion

First Thoroughbred track I ever attended was: Gulfstream Park

Favorite all-time Thoroughbred: Affirmed

My personal best moment in the sport of Thoroughbred racing: Mizdirection’s Breeders’ Cup [Turf Sprint] double

Best racetrack food can be found at: Saratoga

My favorite jockey: Alex Solis

My favorite trainer: Bobby Frankel

My heroes: My parents

Person in Thoroughbred racing I’d like to have dinner with: Aiden O’Brien

My philosophy on life: Work hard, be honest and enjoy every minute.

Favorite quote or motto: If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life.

Favorite animal other than a horse: Dogs

Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended: Super Bowl

Favorite food: Sushi

Favorite vacation spot: Italy

Favorite city: Sydney

Favorite musician/band: Coldplay

Favorite all-time movie(s): “Saving Private Ryan”

Favorite TV show: “Modern Family”

Favorite hotel: Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai.

Websites I visit daily: TDN, Daily Racing Form, and Equibase

What I drive: BMW

Pet peeve: Clutter

Favorite movie about horse racing: “Seabiscuit”

Which actor would play me in a movie: Leonardo DiCaprio

Alma Mater: Cal Poly Pomona

Favorite radio shows/channels: A couple of different Sirius XM stations

Best book I recently read:  “A Sense of Where You Are: Bill Bradley at Princeton,” by John McPhee. Read.

Favorite memento: Dubai World Cup program from 2004

Favorite dessert: Lemon bars

Favorite drink: GTs Enlightened Synergy Kombucha with Chia Seeds

Favorite scent: Citrus

What I like about my job: I love the horses and the ability to travel around the world.

Favorite tech gadget: iPhone 5s

Twitter handle: @SolisBloodstock

People I follow on Twitter: @JimRome, @Cristiano, @KingJames

No. 1 Bucket List Item: A Safari in South Africa

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