Alex Solis might have retired from riding in 2017, but he did not retire his helmet.
Inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 2014, Solis is spending his time for now in Lexington and in the mornings can be found at Keeneland galloping horses for trainer Wesley Ward.
“My oldest son, Alex II, just took a job with Gainesway (as Director of Bloodstock) and my middle son, Andrew, lives here, so I am just following them and keeping up with the grandkids,” said Solis, 56. “I like to stay active and keep fit, and Wesley asked me to help out galloping horses.”
The helmet that Solis estimates he has had for 10-15 years has been back on active duty for the past couple of weeks.
“He galloped for me earlier in the year and then went back to California,” Ward said. “I told him if he wanted to help out like (veteran jockey) Julio (Garcia) that would be fine.”
And how is that new, yet experienced, hand working out?
“Unbelievable,” Ward said.