Bricks and Mortar named 2019 U.S. Horse of the Year

Bricks and Mortar was named 2019 U.S. Horse of the Year Thursday night in Eclipse Award ceremonies at Gulfstream Park Racetrack.

The honour was unusual for a horse racing exclusively on the turf. But so impressive was Bricks and Mortar's year that he carried with him to Eclipse Award honors his entire team -- from breeder to rider.

His owners, Seth Klarman's Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence, were honored as the year's best in that category; his breeder, George Strawbridge Jr., won in that category; his jockey, Irad Ortiz Jr., earned the Eclipse Award in his category; and his trainer, Chad Brown, bolstered by a barn full of Grade I winners, won an Eclipse Award, too.

Bricks and Mortar, a Kentucky-bred son of Giant's Causeway, won all six starts in 2019, at six different race tracks. He wound up the year defeating some of the world's best in the Grade I Longines Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita.

Now six, he stands at stud at Teruya Yoshida's Shadai Farm in Japan.

Eclipse Award honors are decided by voters in three groups: Daily Racing Form, the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters of America and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

The winners:

·        Horse of the Year: Bricks and Mortar
·        Two-Year-Old Male: Storm the Court
·        Two-Year-Old Filly: British Idiom
·        Three-Year-Old Male: Maximum Security
·        Three-Year-Old Filly: Covfefe
·        Older Dirt Male: Vino Rosso
·        Older Dirt Female: Midnight Bisou
·        Male Sprinter: Mitole
·        Female Sprinter: Covfefe
·        Male Turf Horse: Bricks and Mortar
·        Female Turf Horse: Uni (GB)
·        Steeplechase Horse: Winston C (IRE)
·        Owner: Klaravich Stables Inc., and William H. Lawrence
·        Breeder: George Strawbridge, Jr.
·        Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
·        Apprentice Jockey: Kazushi Kimura
·        Trainer: Chad Brown


Bricks and Mortar (red and white silks), seen winning the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf, named U.S. Horse of the Year for 2019, Breeders' Cup photo