Secretariat.com has announced a specially cast presentation bust of Bricks and Mortar is being offered for auction in conjunction with the annual Secretariat "Vox Populi" Award, honoring horses whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the American public and gained recognition for Thoroughbred racing.
The bust depicting Bricks and Mortar, the 2019 winner of the esteemed award, was created by renowned equine artists Kitty Cantrell and Caroline Boydston, who produce the official "Vox Populi" bronze trophy annually for the Secretariat team. This individually cold-cast porcelain bust has been painstakingly hand-crafted with meticulous precision by the artists to capture the handsome bay.
After being sidelined for 14 months with a hock condition that left him barely able to gallop, Bricks and Mortar staged a comeback campaign for the ages. His undefeated 2019 racing season found him winning six times in as many starts at six different race courses across the nation, including wins in the prestigious Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, the Manhattan Stakes, the Arlington Million, and the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf. His triumphant return to racing attracted a fan following that grew with each victorious run.
Owned by Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence, Bricks and Mortar was trained by Chad Brown and piloted by Fan Choice Award-winning jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. throughout the 2019 racing season. Bricks and Mortar retired to stud with 11 victories in 13 career starts for total earnings of more than $7 million.
The sculpture measures approximately 9 inches by 7 inches and is hand-signed by Ms. Boydston. A removable miniature halter made of genuine leather with brass nameplate adorns this fine art piece. The bust will be auctioned online on eBay beginning at 8:15 p.m. ET on Jan. 16 to benefit the Secretariat Foundation, the non-profit charitable organization created by Penny Chenery to assist the Thoroughbred industry in the areas of research, rehabilitation, retirement, and recognition.