Bricks and Mortar
Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduate Bricks and Mortar kept his perfect record intact with a late surge score in the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame (G2) at Saratoga on August 4. The Giant's Causeway colt, who did not race at two, is four-for-four this year as a sophomore.
Bred in Kentucky by George Strawbridge Jr., the colt was purchased by Oaks Bluff Partners for $200,000 from Book 1 of the 2015 September Sale from the consignment of Stone Farm, agent. He is owned by Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence and is trained by Chad Brown.
In the Hall of Fame, Joel Rosario tucked Bricks and Mortar in third along the rail, waiting for running room. When he finally got it, the colt responded with a big run to go by the frontrunners and win by three-quarters of a length in the 1 1/16-mile turf test.
"I just took my time to take him out," Rosario said. "The last race he had, the final quarter-mile was very fast. He tries hard every time so I knew he had the turn-of-foot to get home. He's very honest and as long as he's comfortable he'll take it from there.”
Though lightly raced, Bricks and Mortar conducts himself like a seasoned veteran, with the ability to win from anywhere. In his debut at Gulfstream, he closed from mid-pack. When he won the July 4 Manila Stakes at Belmont, he came from dead last.
"He's everything you want to see in a three year old, whether it's a dirt horse or a turf horse. He's constantly proving that he has the will to win," said Brown, who recorded his third consecutive win in the Hall of Fame. "With this horse, if you set him down in the clear and give him a target, he gets there.”