By BloodHorse Staff
Bricks and Mortar, under the eager gaze of the Japanese owners of his breeding rights, swept to a late-running victory in the 37th running of the Arlington Million XXXVII (G1T) Aug 10 at Arlington International Racecourse, sparking talk of Horse of the Year honors.
On the way, the 5-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway gave trainer Chad Brown an historic sweep of all four graded stakes—including the three grade 1 events—on Arlington’s International Festival of Racing card.
Not bad for a horse whose career almost ended before it had a chance to take off.
Bricks and Mortar was sidelined at the end of 2017 when he underwent surgery for a hock condition. He was nursed back to health in Florida and returned in December 2018, winning his first race at Gulfstream Park. Since then he has reeled off five additional wins, four of them grade 1 scores.
“He’s an amazing horse,” said Seth Klarman of co-owner Klaravich Stables, which owns the horse with Bill Lawrence. “Chad got him ready off a long layoff to do what he’s done. Chad and his staff have just done a remarkable job. It’s been an amazing experience.”
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