Shared Belief, Cash Call Futurity, Hollywood Park, 14th December 2013; Pacific Classic, Del Mar, August 24th 2014; Awesome Again S, Santa Anita Park, September 27th 2014; Malibu Stakes, Santa Anita Park, December 26th 2014; Santa Anita Handicap, Santa Anita Park, March 7th 2015
Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Sire: Candy Ride. Dam: Common Hope
Shortly after his spectacular debut, a seven-length maiden win at Golden Gate Fields, Oct. 19th, owners/breeders Pam and Marty Wygod sold Shared Belief to Jim Rome’s Jungle Racing and a group of partners including Alex Solis II, Jason Litt and Ken and Kim Nish, who race under Kmn Racing.
Alex Solis II is not only the son of one of the best jockeys in racing history – Alex Solis is still riding and ranks ninth in all-time earnings and 30th in all-time victories – but has an equine influence in his maternal pedigree as well. His maternal grandfather is successful trainer Bert Sonnier.
Solis II, 29, has been a success, too, as a bloodstock agent and owner after getting a Bachelor of Arts Degree in finance with a minor in pre-vet from Cal-Poly. California horseman who saw him grow up hanging out in the barns of Bruce Headley and Richard Mandella while tagging along with his dad, aren’t surprised at his success with horses. Mandella said of him in a 2009 story: “His morals certainly seem to be in the right place, which is important in the occupation he has chosen. He is persistent; he’s had good luck, and he’s very smart. He’s been around the business enough to have a good feel for what it takes to be successful. In short, he’s the kind of person you want to see do well.”
Shared Belief isn’t his first star. Lavender Sky and Daytona preceded him. Lavender Sky, who was his first purchase while a junior in college, was recommended by a friend at Three Chimneys Farm, Jason Litt. “I was working at Three Chimneys at the time,” Litt said. “He and I were chatting and I loved this filly, Lavender Sky. I called Alex thirty minutes before she went into the ring. About 15 minutes later, he called back and said we can go up to $187,000. We got her for $130,000. That was our first horse.”
Litt, 42, and Solis, 29, made their friendship into a formal partnership by starting Solis/Litt Bloodstock based in Glendale, California. Its website launched Jan. 6.
Litt, whose dad Howard was a fan, owner and breeder, graduated with a BA in human biodynamics at Cal-Berkeley and a Master’s in exercise physiology and cardiac rehabilitation at Wake Forest. He changed his life when he moved to Kentucky to work at Taylor Made Farm. After spending two years working as a veterinarian assistant, he worked in bloodstock for seven years at Three Chimneys before going out on his own.
Kmn Racing is a new player in racing, a highly successful one, with Kevin and Kim Nish. “They are a client of ours,” Litt said. “They’ve only been in the business for two years.” In those two years, they’ve been partners on Mizdirection and Shared Belief. Litt recommended both horses to them and to Jim Rome’s Jungle Racing.
Now, Litt and his partners have a legitimate Kentucky Derby contender in Shared Belief, whom they hope will have a lengthy racing career as a gelding. “We thought he was a nice horse,” Litt said. “It is pretty exciting.”