Bricks and Mortar Voted Horse of the Year to Lead 2019 Eclipse Award Honorees

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Bricks and Mortar and Irad Ortiz Jr. teamed up to win the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf and five other stakes races in 2019, and received Eclipse Awards as Horse of the Year and Outstanding Jockey on Jan. 23. (Eclipse Sportswire)

The 2019 Eclipse Awards were held Thursday, Jan. 23 at the Sport of Kings Theater at Gulfstream Park, where an undefeated season by Bricks and Mortar highlighted the proceedings as he captured Horse of the Year and champion turf male .

Many of the remarkable racehorses and individuals from a memorable 2019 season were honored. Continue reading for a complete list of the Eclipse Award recipients.


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Horse of the Year: Bricks and Mortar

Trainer: Chad Brown

Owners: Klaravich Stables Inc. and William H. Lawrence 

2019 record: 6 starts – 6 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

2019 earnings: $6,723,650

Signature wins: Longines Breeders' Cup Turf, Arlington Million XXXVII Stakes, Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational Stakes

Notable: Bricks and Mortar capped a perfect 6-for-6 season with a hard-fought victory in the Grade 1 Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf after winning important races such as the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, Manhattan Stakes, and Arlington Million earlier in the year. The first turf horse to win Horse of the Year since Wise Dan in 2013, Bricks and Mortar also was named champion turf male in a banner campaign.

Bricks and Mortar was also voted Secretariat Vox Populi winner, aka the fan’s choice as Horse of the Year, at the inaugural America’s Best Racing Fan Choice Awards on Dec. 19.


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Champion Older Dirt Male: Vino Rosso

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Owners: Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable

2019 record: 6 starts – 3 firsts – 1 second – 1 third

2019 earnings: $3,960,625

Signature wins: Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic, Gold Cup at Santa Anita Stakes

Notable: Captured the most prestigious race for older dirt horses with a dominant score in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Finished second in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup via disqualification. Ranked third by earnings among all North American Thoroughbred racehorses in 2019.


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Champion Older Dirt Female: Midnight Bisou

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Owners: Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stables, and Allen Racing

2019 record: 8 starts – 7 wins – 1 second – 0 thirds

2019 earnings: $2,185,000

Signature wins: Personal Ensign Stakes Presented by Lia Infiniti, Ogden Phipps Stakes, Apple Blossom Handicap

Notable: Nearly pulled off an undefeated campaign, finishing second in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff to close out 2019. Won graded stakes at five different racetracks.


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Champion Male Turf Horse: Bricks and Mortar

Trainer: Chad Brown

Owners: Klaravich Stables Inc. and William H. Lawrence 

2019 record: 6 starts – 6 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

2019 earnings: $6,723,650

Signature wins: Longines Breeders' Cup Turf, Arlington Million XXXVII Stakes, Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational Stakes

Notable: Bricks and Mortar opened the year with a victory in the $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf, won three more races with seven-figure purses in May, June, and August, and then finished his championship season with a victory in the $3 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf. He banked $6,723,650 in an undefeated season that he began with only one graded stakes win (in 2017) to his credit.

Bricks and Mortar was also voted Secretariat Vox Populi winner, aka the fan’s choice as Horse of the Year, at the inaugural America’s Best Racing Fan Choice Awards on Dec. 19.


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Champion Female Turf Horse: Uni

Trainer: Chad Brown

Owners: Michael Dubb, Head of Plains Partners, Robert LaPenta, and Bethlehem Stables

2019 record: 4 starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third

2019 earnings: $1,455,000

Signature wins: TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile, First Lady Stakes Presented by UK HealthCare

Notable: Scored two Grade 1 victories in 2019, both coming in the fall as she reached peak form. Defeated Got Stormy as well as males with her patented closing kick in the Breeders’ Cup Mile.


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Champion 3-Year-Old Male: Maximum Security

Trainer: Jason Servis

Owners: Gary and Mary West

2019 record: 8 starts – 6 wins – 1 second – 0 thirds

2019 earnings: $1,791,100           

Signature wins: TVG.com Haskell Invitational Stakes, Xpressbet Florida Derby, Cigar Mile Handicap

Notable: Despite being controversially disqualified in the 2019 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, Maximum Security did more than enough to earn an Eclipse Award by crossing the finish line first in seven of eight races. The bay colt earned signature wins in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational Stakes and Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap – the latter against older horses – to cement his Eclipse credentials.


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Champion 3-Year-Old Filly: Covfefe

Trainer: Brad Cox

Owner: LNJ Foxwoods

2019 record: 6 starts – 5 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third

2019 earnings: $1,052,425

Signature wins: Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, Longines Test Stakes

Notable: Went 5-for-6 as a 3-year-old in 2019, including a season-ending win at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Won races at five different tracks.


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Champion 2-Year-Old Male: Storm the Court

Trainer: Peter Eurton

Owners: Exline-Border Racing, David A. Bernsen, Susanna Wilson, and Dan Hudock 

2019 record: 4 starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third

2019 earnings: $1,172,951

Signature win: TVG Breeders' Cup Juvenile

Notable: After finishing third in the Grade 1 American Pharoah Stakes, Storm the Court delivered a career-best performance on the grand stage of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships when he held off Anneau d’Or to win the TVG Juvenile by a head at 45.90-1 odds.


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Champion 2-Year-Old Filly: British Idiom

Trainer: Brad Cox

Owners: Michael Dubb, The Elkstone Group (Stuart Grant), Madaket Stables, and Bethlehem Stables

2019 record: 3 starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

2019 earnings: $1,381,250

Signature wins: Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, Darley Alcibiades Stakes

Notable: British Idiom won her first two races by a combined margin of 10 lengths before she was seriously challenged for the first time in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. The chestnut filly proved up to the task with a tenacious neck victory over Donna Veloce to cap an unbeaten juvenile season.


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Champion Male Sprinter: Mitole

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Owners: William and Corinne Heiligbrodt

2019 record: 7 starts – 6 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third

2019 earnings: $2,756,200

Signature wins: Breeders’ Cup Sprint, Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap, Forego Stakes Presented by Encore Boston Harbor, Churchill Downs Stakes Presented by Twinspires.com.

Notable: Cemented champion sprinter honors with powerful 1 ¼-length victory in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint and won Grade 1 races at three different distances. Ranked fourth in earnings among all Thoroughbreds racing in North America in 2019.


Champion Female Sprinter: Covfefe

Trainer: Brad Cox

Owner: LNJ Foxwoods

2019 record: 6 starts – 5 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third

2019 earnings: $1,052,425

Signature wins: Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, Longines Test Stakes

Notable: Named after a typo in a tweet by President Donald J. Trump, Covfefe closed her 3-year-old season with three straight wins, including a three-quarter-length score in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. She prevailed in five of her six starts in 2019 and won races at five different tracks.


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Outstanding Trainer: Chad Brown

2019 wins: 222

2019 earnings: $31,112,144

Leading horses: Bricks and Mortar, Uni, Sistercharlie, Guarana, Cambier Parc, Structor, Rushing Fall, Dunbar Road, Annals of Time, Valid Point

Notable: Chad Brown earned his fourth straight Eclipse Award as outstanding trainer by surpassing the previous North American earnings record of Todd Pletcher ($28,116,097 in 2007) with purse earnings of $31,112,144. Brown trained 2019 Horse of the Year Bricks and Mortar, TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Uni, and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Presented by Coolmore America winner Structor as he amassed 54 graded stakes wins and 20 Grade 1 victories.

Brown was also voted Best Trainer at the inaugural America’s Best Racing Fan Choice Awards on Dec. 19.


Lawrence (left) and Klarman (Eclipse Sportswire)

Outstanding Owner: Klaravich Stables Inc. and William H. Lawrence

2019 wins: 17

2019 earnings: $8,178,845

Leading horses: Bricks and Mortar, Annals of Time, Focus Group

Notable: Topped the earnings list among all North American owners in 2019. More than $6.7 million in earnings in 2019 came from an undefeated campaign by Bricks and Mortar, winner of the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf and four other Grade 1 races during the year. Hedge fund president Seth Klarman formed Klaravich Stables in 1993 and currently races horses in partnership with William Lawrence, CEO of Meridian Capital Partners.


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Outstanding Breeder: George Strawbridge Jr.

2019 wins: 26

2019 earnings: $7,505,233

Leading horse: Bricks and Mortar

Notable: Renowned owner-breeder Strawbridge finished third among all North American breeders by purse earnings for 2019. The bulk of his earnings as breeder came from Horse of the Year Bricks and Mortar, a five-time Grade 1 winner in 2019 who captured the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf.


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Outstanding Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.

2019 wins: 324

2019 earnings: $34,109,019

Signature wins: Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic, Longines Breeders' Cup Turf, Big Ass Fans Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational Stakes, Arlington Million XXXVII Stakes.       

Leading horses: Bricks and Mortar, Vino Rosso, Four Wheel Drive, Perfect Alibi

Notable: Ortiz Jr. picked up his second consecutive Eclipse Award as outstanding rider by shattering the all-time North American record for purse earnings in a single season with $34,109,019 – the previous record was $28,120,809 by Javier Castellano in 2015 – while winning nine different races with seven-figure purses. He won four Breeders’ Cup races, including the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf with Horse of the Year Bricks and Mortar and the $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic aboard Vino Rosso.

Ortiz was also voted Best Jockey at the inaugural America’s Best Racing Fan Choice Awards on Dec. 19.


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Outstanding Apprentice Jockey: Kazushi Kimura

2019 wins: 148

2019 earnings: $4,746,556

Leading horses: Gun Society, Theregoesjojo, Hell N Wild, Broadway Bonnie

Notable: Kimura, 20, is the reigning Sovereign Award winner as Canada’s outstanding apprentice. Woodbine’s third-leading rider in 2019, the Japan native won 117 races and amassed $3.7 million in purse earnings before he graduated from the apprentice ranks.


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Steeplechase Horse: Winston C

Trainer: Jonathan Sheppard

Owner: Hudson River Farms

2019 record: 8 starts – 5 firsts – 0 seconds – 1 third

2019 earnings: $246,393

Signature wins: $150,000 A. P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase Stakes, $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap

Notable: Winston C made four starts in England in 2019 before joining the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard in North America in May and posting Grade 1 wins in the A. P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase Stakes and New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap, both at Saratoga Race Course.

Vote Totals:

Two-Year-Old Male

Storm the Court, 147; Structor, 51; Maxfield, 12; Independence Hall, 8; Tiz the Law, 6; Four Wheel Drive, 4; Dennis’ Moment, 3; Anneau d’Or, 2; Eight Rings, 2; Thousand Words, 2; Basin, 1; Nucky, 1; Voter Abstentions, 2.

Two-Year-Old Filly

British Idiom, 222; Bast, 12; Sharing, 6; Alms, 1.

Three-Year-Old Male

Maximum Security, 217; Omaha Beach, 16; Code of Honor, 8.

Three-Year-Old Filly

Covfefe, 189; Guarana, 19; Serengeti Empress, 11; Iridessa, 9; Concrete Rose, 6; Dunbar Road, 6; Cambier Parc, 1.

Older Dirt Male

Vino Rosso, 129; Mitole, 108; McKinzie, 3; Voter Abstention, 1.

Older Dirt Female

Midnight Bisou, 210; Blue Prize, 31.

Male Sprinter

Mitole, 236; Maximum Security, 5.

Female Sprinter

Covfefe, 235; Belvoir Bay, 4, Mia Mischief, 1; Serengeti Empress, 1.

Male Turf Horse

Bricks and Mortar, 241.

Female Turf Horse

Uni, 126; Sistercharlie, 61; Got Stormy, 33; Iridessa, 15; Concrete Rose, 3; Vasilika, 2; Cambier Parc, 1.

Steeplechase Horse

Winston C, 158; Brain Power, 44; Scorpiancer, 3; Voter Abstentions, 36.

Owner

Klaravich Stables, Inc. and William H. Lawrence, 184; Gary Barber, 18; Peter Brant, 11; Calumet Farm, 6; William and Corrine Heiligbrodt, 3; Gary and Mary West, 3; Joseph Besecker, 2; End Zone Athletics, Inc., 2; Hronis Racing, 2; Madaket Stables LLC, 2; LNJ Foxwoods, 1. Voter Abstentions, 7.

Breeder

George Strawbridge, Jr., 122; Calumet Farm, 94; Godolphin, 8; Edward A. Cox, Jr., 2; Gary and Mary West, 2; WinStar Farm, 2; William S. Farish, 1; Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey, 1; Stonestreet Thoroughbreds, 1; Voter Abstentions, 8.

Trainer

Chad Brown, 204; Steve Asmussen, 19; Brad Cox, 5; Jason Servis, 5; Karl Broberg, 2; Mark Casse, 1; Voter Abstentions, 5.

Jockey

Irad Ortiz, Jr., 205; Javier Castellano, 21; Flavien Prat, 5; Joel Rosario, 3; Mike Smith, 3; Jose Ortiz, 1. Voter Abstentions, 3.

Apprentice Jockey

Kazushi Kimura, 74; Julio Correa, 60; Angel I. Diaz, 53; Cristian A. Torres, 19; Jorge I. Velez, 3; Reylu Gutierrez 1; Keimar Trotman, 1; Voter Abstentions, 30.

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