Alex Solis II
Horse racing has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. I grew up in a racing family. My grandfather, Bert Sonnier, was a trainer. He trained Nodouble and Meadowlake. As a child I spent a lot of my summer time at his barn at Arlington Park. My father, Alex Solis, has been a jockey for 30 years. He has ridden almost five thousand winners. Some of those wins include races from the Preakness, Breeders Cups and a Dubai World Cup.
I grew up around and worked for some great people in the business. My first job in the industry was working for Mel Stute when I was 12. One summer I worked for Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky under John Hall. Then as the years passed I worked closely with Bruce Headley and Richard Mandella.
In 2010, The Thoroughbred Times, a leading industry weekly magazine, named me one of "The Forty under Forty in the Thoroughbred Industry." I have been the subject of features on TVG, HRTV, LA Times, and Bloodhorse.
I received a BA in Finance and a minor in Pre-Vet from Cal Poly Pomona.
Like many, I was lured into the horse business by my father Howard Litt, an avid owner, breeder and race fan of over fifty years. I received my B.A. from UC Berkeley in Human Biodynamics and my M.S. from Wake Forest University in Exercise Physiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation before embarking on my career in the horse business.
I moved to Kentucky in 2000 and worked at Taylor Made farm for a year, working with mares, yearling, foals at major auctions. I worked the next two years with the veterinary practice of Dr. Cheney, Dr. Northrop and Dr. Landry in Kentucky, New York and Florida and was around the top trainers and horses in the east coast. I then spent seven years with Three Chimneys farm performing all duties of a bloodstock agent as well as, stallion syndication, portfolio management and client recruitment.