Who says lightning doesn’t strike twice?
Photo: Benoit Photos
Sports broadcaster Jim Rome, who recently sold two-time Breeders’ Cup
Turf Sprint winner Mizdirection for $2.7 million, has suddenly found
with a major contender for Saturday’s Grade I, $750,000-guaranteed
CashCall Futurity and a 2014 Kentucky Derby prospect.
Alex Solis II was responsible for Rome’s involvement with Mizdirection
and was Johnny on the spot when Shared Belief became available.
“I’ve worked with Jerry (Hollendorfer) for about a year now,” Solis
explained. “He told me (Pam and Marty Wygod) had a horse for sale and
take a look at him and put together a partnership. I went up north the
next morning at 5 a.m. and liked what I saw. I did my homework on
him. He had a real good (speed) figure and his maiden race was very
impressive. All the credit goes to Jerry.”
“Usually it’s so difficult to put these things together, but this was
so fast, it was ridiculous. Jerry took a third, and out of my two
I solid pieces to Rome, Jason Litt and KMN Racing.”
“I think Rome is happy,” understated Solis.
Incidentally, Solis’ father, Alex Solis, is tied with Laffit Pincay,
Jr. for most victories among jockeys (4) in the CashCall Futurity.