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Bricks and Mortar Named Eclipse Champion Horse of the Year

A perfect six for six in a 2019 campaign that culminated with a win in the Breeders’ Cup Turf-G1, Bricks and Mortar was honored as Horse of the Year at the 49th annual Eclipse Award ceremony held at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 23

Bred by George Strawbridge Jr., who was honored with the Eclipse Award for breeder of the year, Bricks an Mortar received 204 votes from a possible 240. In addition, he was the unanimous choice as Champion Male Turf Horse.

Bricks and Mortar competed at six different racetracks, and earned in excess of $6.7 million in 2019. He won the inaugural running of the Pegasus Turf Invitational-G1 by 2 1/2 lengths in January and eleven months later, he turned in a fiercely competitive performance to win the Breeders’ Cup Turf-G1 by a head. In between, he won the Muniz Memorial H.-G2 at Fair Grounds, the Old Forester Turf Classic-G1 at Churchill Downs, the Manhattan S.-G1 at Belmont, and the Arlington Million-G1 at Arlington Park.

Foaled and raised at Stone Farm, Bricks and Mortar is the second Eclipse Champion Horse of the Year to be raised at the farm. The first was two-time Classic winner Sunday Silence earned the honor in 1989 and was also named Champion 3-Year-Old Colt.