Although they're in different vocations, when it comes to Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis, and his son, Alex II, the apple didn't fall far from the tree.
The elder Solis, 50, is in his fourth decade of riding and approaching 5,000 career victories. The junior Solis, who recently turned 30, is a successful bloodstock agent who also owns a share of unbeaten 2013 male 2-year-old champion Shared Belief, the 3-5 morning line favorite in Saturday's Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles.
It is one of five Breeders' Cup Challenge races on a blockbuster second day of racing at Santa Anita, which hosts the Breeders' Cup World Championships for an unprecedented third straight year on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.
Solis II put together Shared Belief's ownership group, which consists of himself, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Kevin and Kim Nish (KMN Racing), Jason Litt, George Todaro and radio sports talk show host Jim Rome and his wife, Janet (Jungle Racing).
“There was more to put the partnership together than you think, because at the time, Shared Belief had only broken his maiden at Golden Gate as a gelding,” Solis said. “But it's always easier to sell a horse when your trainer is going to put his own money up.
“Jerry was the key to the whole thing, although Jim has the biggest share at 40 percent. We're really happy with the horse since he shipped here from Golden Gate on Wednesday. We hope to get lucky tomorrow and go from there.”
Solis II has been in the bloodstock game for 10 years, and credits his father, trainers Bruce Headley, Richard Mandella and the late Bobby Frankel for his solid education in racing.
“Frankel taught me a lot about the Europeans,” Solis said. “It's just experience. You learn something every day. The longer we do it, the more we'll know.”
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