Coming-Out Party for Bricks and Mortar in Pegasus World Cup Turf

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Bricks and Mortar is led to the winner’s circle after a dominant 2 ½-length victory in the inaugural Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational Stakes on Jan. 26 at Gulfstream Park. (Eclipse Sportswire)

In his second start off a layoff of more than 14 months, Klaravich Stables’ and William Lawrence’s Bricks and Mortar put in the top effort of his career to win the $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational Stakes on Jan. 26 at Gulfstream Park.

With fast pace set by Fahan Mura in front of him and even though an early move by Catapult on the backstretch made things a bit uncomfortable for a moment, Bricks and Mortar was on the move on the second turn of the 1 3/16-mile grass race and surged wide in the stretch to win by 2 1/2 lengths in a final time of 1:54.59 under Irad Ortiz Jr. on turf labeled as yielding.

Bricks and Mortar winning Pegasus World Cup Turf. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Ortiz was patient and confident throughout, and Bricks and Mortar settled into fifth entering the first turn. Fahan Mura set a pace of :22.94 and :47.93 through a half-mile, and Bricks and Mortar continued to lose position as others went by to make their moves, but Ortiz never flinched. Seventh entering the final bend, Ortiz still hadn’t asked his mount midway through the turn, but the lightly raced 5-year-old was moving up on his own. At the top of the lane, Bricks and Mortar had moved into third, then quickly got on even terms with leaders Catapult and Delta Prince, and blew by on the outside.

“I got a perfect trip,” Ortiz said. “My horse put me in a good position and just held it together, saving ground. When I got ... him out, he exploded.”

Group 2 winner Magic Wand rallied for second, a neck ahead of Delta Prince, who was followed by Catapult, Channel Maker, Yoshida, Next Shares, Dubby Dubbie, Aerolithe, and Fahan Mura, to complete the order of finish.

Trained by Chad Brown, Bricks and Mortar (a son of Giant’s Causeway) won his first graded stakes at Saratoga Race Course in 2017 in the Grade 2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes and placed in two other graded stakes that year before injuries intervened. He did not race again until Dec. 22, 2018, when he took an allowance race by a half-length on the Gulfstream turf.

“For a little while there, I didn’t think I’d have a horse for the race,” Brown said. “I had been resting a lot of them. Bricks and Mortar came in fresh when I was resting other ones. Thanks to [owners] Seth [Klarman] and Bill [Lawrence]. They were game enough to put up a big entry fee and give it a shot. The horse just performed beautifully.

“Ian Brennan at Stonestreet Farm did a terrific job rehabbing this horse. Dr. Larry Bramlage worked on this horse about 16 months ago, when it looked like he might have a career-ending injury. He fixed him. There was a lot of teamwork — a lot of patience. When you go into a race this big [and] take a big gamble — it paid off today.”

Bred in Kentucky by George Strawbridge Jr. out of the Ocean Crest mare Beyond the Waves, Bricks and Mortar pushed his lifetime earnings past the $3 million mark with the nearly $2.7 million winner’s share in the Pegasus Turf. He has six wins from eight starts, and his two losses were third-place efforts in graded stakes company. In each he was beaten by less than a length.

2019 Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational S.
January 26th, 2019

Winning Time: 1:54.59
  • Purse: $7,000,000
  • Distance: 1 3/16 Miles
  • Age: 4 yo's & up
  • Surface: Turf
  • Winning Time: 1:54.59
Results
Win
Place
Show
1st
7 Bricks and Mortar
$7.60
$4.20
$3.20
2nd
1 Magic Wand (IRE)
$9.00
$6.40
3rd
8 Delta Prince
$6.60
4th
9 Catapult
8th
10 Dubby Dubbie
9th
4 Aerolithe (JPN)
10th
6 Fahan Mura
Payoff
Roulette
RED
RED
$3
Pick 3
6-1/4/11/13-7
6-1/4/11/13-7
$28
Daily Double
4-7
4-7
$12
Exacta
7-1
7-1
$30
Superfecta
7-1-8-9
7-1-8-9
$120
Super High Five
7-1-8-9-3
7-1-8-9-3
$4,525
Trifecta
7-1-8
7-1-8
$101
Payoff
Roulette
RED
RED
$3
Pick 3
6-1/4/11/13-7
6-1/4/11/13-7
$28
Daily Double
4-7
4-7
$12
Exacta
7-1
7-1
$30
Superfecta
7-1-8-9
7-1-8-9
$120
Super High Five
7-1-8-9-3
7-1-8-9-3
$4,525
Trifecta
7-1-8
7-1-8
$101

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