Jockey Alex Solis officially announced his retirement on Sunday

Nov 27, 2017 9:36 AM

Jockey Alex Solis, 53, officially announced his retirement on Sunday during a TVG telecast from Del Mar.

Solis has not ridden in seven months. He has been serving as a commissioner on the California Horse Racing Board since 2015. 

The Panama native won 5,035 races in North America during his career and has been a mainstay on the Southern California circuit since 1982. His mounts earned purses of more than $238 million, according to the Daily Racing Form.

Legendary runners such as Snow Chief, Kona Gold, Pleasantly Perfect, Megahertz and Dare and Go are just some of his major mounts over the years. Solis won the Preakness on Snow Chief in 1986 for conditioner Mel Stute, but was never able to win the Kentucky Derby.

He was voted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2014. He won the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1997.

More on Solis in Jon Lindo’s Lindo Report in tomorrow’s print edition of Gaming Today and online at