Solana Beach’s Solis appointed to horse racing board

Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis, a Solana Beach resident, was appointed April 30 to the California Horse Racing Board by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The panel, according to its website, works to ensure the integrity, viability and safety of the California horse racing industry by regulating parimutuel wagering for the protection of the public, and promoting horse racing, breeding and wagering opportunities.

The board also fosters safe racing through the development and enforcement of track safety standards and regulations.

Solis, who is still an active jockey, is one of fewer than 30 riders who have won more than 5,000 races. The 51-year-old native of Panama was inducted into the National Racing Hall of Fame last year.

Solis spent four years in New York before returning to Southern California last year.

The appointment of Solis, a Democrat, requires Senate confirmation. Compensation is $100 per diem.