Solis Gets Mount on Singletary in Kilroe Mile

(from Santa Anita notes)
Alex Solis, who lost major mounts while sidelined for 6 ½ months after a spill at Del Mar July 23, will replace the injured David Flores aboard Singletary in Saturday's $300,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (gr. IT) on the Santa Anita turf.

The 40-year-old jockey, who has been back riding about a month, recognizes the irony of inheriting the important ride while Flores is forced to miss action with a dislocated left elbow suffered in a spill at Santa Anita Feb. 26.

Singletary, the winner of last fall's Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I), is making his 2005 debut in the Kilroe. He carries top weight of 121 pounds in the 10-horse field.

"It's not the way you want to get a ride like this," Solis said, "but it's part of the business and we all have to deal with it. You never want to see anyone hurt but you recognize these things happen.

"I'll talk with David about Singletary and watch films of his races before I ride him Saturday. David is a good friend of mine. I wish him only the best in his recovery."

The field for the Kilroe includes the defending champion Sweet Return, Citation Handicap (gr. IT) winner Leroidesanimaux and Manhattan Handicap (gr. I) victor Meteor Storm.

$300,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (gr. IT), 4 & up, 1 mile (turf)
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight
1. Night Patrol, Kerwin John, 112
2. Leroidesanimaux, Jon Court, 119
3. Musical Chimes, Edgar Prado, 113
4. Pelligrino, Tyler Baze, 117
5. Meteor Storm, Jose Valdivia Jr., 118
6. Sweet Return, Gary Stevens, 117
7. Romeo Plus, Victor Espinoza, 112
8. Singletary, Alex Solis, 121
9. Buckland Manor, Rene Douglas, 116
10. Cajun Beat, Patrick Valenzuela, 118