Jockey Alex Solis, a finalist in this year’s Hall of Fame voting, is
nearing a return to action at Gulfstream Park after being sidelined for
five months while recuperating from surgery on his left shoulder.
Trainer Wesley Ward named Solis to ride Rip Roarin Ritchie in
Wednesday’s eighth race, but the veteran jockey is unsure if he can get
the OK to ride in time.
"I have to get clearance from my doctor. My physical therapist said
that I’m ready,” said Solis during a visit to Gulfstream. “I called him
Friday, but couldn’t get him. I’m going to call him (Monday). I hope to
ride this week.”
Solis, who has ridden 4938 winners, injured his shoulder at Saratoga last summer.
“I hit the side of the gate and got a little tear in there,” said
Solis, “I noticed it for a few months, and then the doctor said I needed
to have an operation. It was nothing major. It was just something that
needed to be done. It’s one of those surgeries that takes time to heal.”
Solis, whose mounts have earned more than $230 million, is more than ready to get back in action.
“Five months was a nightmare,” he said with a smile. “I feel good. I’m fresh.”