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.
As a Lexington, Kentucky native I was bitten by the horse bug early and spent my youth helping at my family's farm and showing horses throughout the U.S. and abroad. I became directly involved in the Thoroughbred industry while attending the University of Kentucky Equine Science and Management program and upon graduation was accepted into the 2011 Irish National Stud Course in Kildare, Ireland.
Throughout my education I gained top practical experience in many facts of the Thoroughbred industry including sales experience with Indian Creek Farm and 3 seasons breaking yearlings for Juddmonte Farm. After my return from Ireland, I spent two years with Mike Ryan and Niall Brennan previewing yearlings at Lexington auctions and working the two year-old in training sales across the east coast and California. Before joining Solis/Litt Bloodstock in the start of 2015 I spent a year and a half as a foreman for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott with his New York and Florida string.