Notes & Quotes From G1 Arlington Million: Bricks and Mortar

(Trainer Chad Brown wins 3 G1s and a G3 at Arlington Park on Saturday / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

(Bricks and Mortar winning at Churchill Downs this Spring / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

Bricks and Mortar continues to build.

Build the resume.

Build the list of accomplishments.

Build his case to be the 2019 Horse of the Year.

Just as he often does, the 5-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway settled nicely for rider Irad Ortiz, Jr. And, just as he always does — seemingly — he took his instructions at the right time to kick it into overdrive in the stretch, overpowering all others to finish first — by less than a length over the mare Magic Wand.

Now, Bricks and Mortar is less than $100,000 from earning $5 million in purses.

On the day, trainer Chad Brown amassed 3 G1 wins. The other two coming with Sistercharlie in the G1 Beverly D, and with Valid Point in the G1 Secretariat.

Just to add some gas money for the flight home Brown also won the G3 Pucker Up with Cafe Americano in the day’s final race.

Owner Seth Karman, Klaravich Stakes — Bricks and Mortar (1st):

“He’s an amazing horse,” said co-owner Seth Klarman of 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.”

About “Horse of the Year” honors:

“I think there’s a chance. I don’t want to get ahead of myself. I do think this helps the turf division as a whole, though. I hope so.”

The next stop?

The Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita

Trainer Chad Brown — Bricks and Mortar:

When asked if he had ever won 3 G1s on a single card:

“I don’t believe so.”

“I’ve been saying it all week and all day, and I’ll say it again – I love Arlington,” Brown said.

In the Breeders’ Cup, the decision must be made whether to challenge the 11/4-mile Turf Classic or the flat Turf Mile:

“It’s a tricky decision with this distance,” Brown said. “I’m going to have think about that, talk to the owner and really observe that horse. I know its protocol to say that after a race, but I don’t think it could ever apply more than with a situation like this. He’s undefeated this year and I don’t want to make a mistake. I don’t want to the one that causes him to lose by picking the wrong race.”

Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. — Bricks and Mortar:

“I told the owner I just concentrate on my horse and ride him,” Ortiz said. “He’s so good. Whenever I ask him, he’s there for me every time.”


The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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