Bricks and Mortar, ridden via Irad Ortiz, Jr., wins the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf on Breeders’ Cup Global Championship Saturday at Santa Anita Park on November 2, 2019: in Arcadia, California. /7400534//Eclipse Sportswire/CSM

The Nationwide Thoroughbred Racing Affiliation (NTRA), Day by day Racing Shape and the Nationwide Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB) introduced this night time that Bricks and Mortar, who used to be undefeated in six begins remaining 12 months, used to be voted the 2019 Runhappy Horse of the 12 months on the 49th Annual Runhappy Eclipse Awards rite at Gulfstream Park Racing & On line casino in Hallandale Seaside, Fla.

The Eclipse Awards, honoring excellence in North American Thoroughbred racing, introduced via The Stronach Crew, Day by day Racing Shape and the Breeders’ Cup, are voted on via the NTRA, Day by day Racing Shape (DRF) and the Nationwide Turf Writers and Broadcasters.

Owned via Klaravich Stables Inc. and William Lawrence, and skilled via Chad Brown, Bricks and Mortar won 204 out of a imaginable 241 first-place votes for Horse of the 12 months. Invoice and Corrine Heiligbrodt’s Mitole, who used to be voted Champion Male Sprinter, won 19 first-place votes to complete 2nd. Gary and Mary West’s homebred Most Safety, who used to be voted Champion 3-12 months-Previous Male, completed 3rd within the Horse of the 12 months voting with 14 first-place votes. Middle of the night Bisou, the Champion Older Dust Feminine, Vino Rosso, the Champion Older Dust Male, and Arkansas Derby winner Omaha Seaside, every won one first-place vote. There used to be one voter abstention.

Bricks and Mortar received 5 Grade 1 races in 2019. The son of Massive’s Causeway kicked off his 5-year-old season with a victory within the $7 million Pegasus Global Cup Turf Invitational remaining January. From there, Bricks and Mortar proceeded to dominate the grass male ranks in methodical style via posting 5 extra graded stakes triumphs – together with Grade 1 wins within the Turf Vintage Stakes, Ny Stakes, and Arlington Million – ahead of capping his profession with a victory within the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf.

“Horse racing has some way of having into your blood…I like such a lot of this game,” stated Seth Klarman of Klaravich Stables. “I by no means idea we might ever have a possibility to win this award. We’re so thankful for this once-in-a-lifetime honor.”

Along with taking without equal year-end honor, Bricks and Mortar used to be a unanimous pick out for Champion Turf Male, incomes all 241 first-place votes.

All of Bricks and Mortar’s connections received person Eclipse Award honors. Brown received his fourth consecutive Eclipse Award for Remarkable Teacher whilst Klaravich Stables and Lawrence captured the Remarkable Proprietor identify. Irad Ortiz Jr., who piloted Bricks and Mortar in all of his begins remaining 12 months, received his 2nd immediately Eclipse Award for Remarkable Jockey. George Strawbridge, Jr., who bred Bricks and Mortar, received his first Eclipse Award for Remarkable Breeder.

Most Safety had a roller-coaster of a 3-year-old marketing campaign that in the long run concluded on a definitive height. In his first check out in opposition to graded corporate, the Jason Servis-trained colt led each level of name to take the Grade 1 Xpressbet Florida Derby via Three ½ lengths on March 30. He would move directly to hit the twine first within the Kentucky Derby introduced via Woodford Reserve however, after just about 22 mins of deliberation via the stewards, he used to be disqualified to 17th and his roses had been passed off to preliminary runner-up Nation Space because of interference.

In spite of the heartache of that notorious outcome, Most Safety’s high quality would end up indeniable all the way through the second one part of the 12 months. The son of New 12 months’s Day went directly to submit victories within the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational, Grade Three Daring Ruler, and Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap with the remaining two triumphs coming in opposition to elder competitors.

Mitole took the uncooked ability he had teased of in the past to every other degree in 2019. Skilled via Corridor of Famer Steve Asmussen, Mitole registered six victories and 4 Grade 1 wins all the way through a marketing campaign that used to be capped via an elegant triumph within the Breeders’ Cup Dash.

LNJ Foxwoods’ Covfefe received two Eclipse Awards Thursday night time, shooting each the Champion 3-12 months-Previous Filly identify and Champion Feminine Sprinter. A bay daughter of Into Mischief skilled via Brad Cox, Covfefe received 5 of six begins in 2019, completing off the 12 months via taking the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Dash. 

Every other filly who recorded an impressive season used to be Bloom Racing, Madaket Stables and Allen Racing’s Middle of the night Bisou, who received seven consecutive races all the way through her 4-year-old marketing campaign remaining 12 months – together with 3 grade 1 checks – en path to Champion Older Dust Feminine honors.

The Champion Older Dust Male, Vino Rosso received each the Gold Cup at Santa Anita and the Longines Breeders’ Cup Vintage to safe his divisional crown for Repole Stables and St. Elias Strong and instructor Todd Pletcher.

Cox had a 2nd Eclipse Award winner at the night time when British Idiom, owned via Michael Dubb, the Elkstone Crew, Madaket Stables and Bethlehem Stables, received the Champion Two-12 months-Previous Filly identify. British Idiom received all 3 of her begins remaining 12 months, together with the Darley Alcibiades and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.

The Champion Two-12 months-Previous Male of 2019 is Exline-Border Racing LLC, David Bernsen, Susanna Wilson and Dan Hudock’s Typhoon the Courtroom, skilled via Peter Eurton, who received the TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. 

Eclipse Awards balloting is carried out via the Nationwide Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB), the Nationwide Thoroughbred Racing Affiliation (NTRA) and Day by day Racing Shape. Of the 254 eligible citizens representing the NTRA, NTWAB, and Day by day Racing Shape, 241 (94.88%) took phase on this 12 months’s balloting. Finalists had been decided in every class via citizens’ best 3 choices, the usage of a 10-5-1 level foundation. Eclipse Award winners are decided only via first-place votes.

All the record of 2019 Eclipse Awards winners with vote totals seems beneath:

(Horse ages in parenthesis the place acceptable; Nation codes point out a international breeding designation)

·        Runhappy Horse of the 12 months: Bricks and Mortar (5)

·        Two-12 months-Previous Male: Typhoon the Courtroom

·        Two-12 months-Previous Filly: British Idiom

·        3-12 months-Previous Male: Most Safety

·        3-12 months-Previous Filly: Covfefe

·        Older Dust Male: Vino Rosso (4)

·        Older Dust Feminine: Middle of the night Bisou (4)

·        Male Sprinter: Mitole (4)

·        Feminine Sprinter: Covfefe (3)

·        Male Turf Horse: Bricks and Mortar (5)

·        Feminine Turf Horse: Uni (GB) (5)

·        Steeplechase Horse: Winston C (IRE) (5)

·        Proprietor: Klaravich Stables Inc., and William H. Lawrence

·        Breeder: George Strawbridge, Jr.

·        Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

·        Apprentice Jockey: Kazushi Kimura

·        Teacher: Chad Brown

The Eclipse Awards

Eclipse Awards are bestowed upon the Thoroughbred horses and folks whose exceptional achievements have earned them the identify of Champion of their respective divisions. The Eclipse Awards are named after the nice 18th-Century racehorse and basis sire Eclipse, who started racing at age 5 and used to be undefeated in 18 begins, together with 8 walkovers. Eclipse sired the winners of 344 races, together with 3 Epsom Derbies.

Balloting Evaluation

In balloting that concluded January 2, 2020 Eclipse Awards citizens forged their ballots to rank the highest 3 horses and folks in every Championship department on a 10-5-1 level gadget. This balloting established the highest 3 finalists in every department, whose names had been launched on Jan. 4, 2020.

The tallies beneath constitute most effective first-place votes from participants of the consolidated balloting entities, NTRA, Day by day Racing Shape, and Nationwide Turf Writers And Broadcasters.

Voter participation fee: 241/254= 94.88%

(Identify, First-Position Votes)

Runhappy Horse of the 12 months (Identify, First-Position Votes)

Bricks and Mortar; 204; Mitole, 19; Most Safety, 14; Middle of the night Bisou, 1; Omaha Seaside, 1; Vino Rosso, 1. Voter Abstention, 1.

Two-12 months-Previous Male

Typhoon the Courtroom, 147; Structor, 51; Maxfield, 12; Independence Corridor, 8; Tiz the Legislation, 6; 4 Wheel Power, 4; Dennis’ Second, 3; Anneau d’Or, 2; 8 Rings, 2; Thousand Phrases, 2; Basin, 1; Nucky, 1; Voter Abstentions, 2.

Two-12 months-Previous Filly

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

3-12 months-Previous Male

Most Safety, 217; Omaha Seaside, 16; Code of Honor, 8.

3-12 months-Previous Filly

Covfefe, 189; Guarana, 19; Serengeti Empress, 11; Iridessa (IRE), 9; Concrete Rose, 6; Dunbar Highway, 6; Cambier Parc, 1.

Older Dust Male

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

Older Dust Feminine

Middle of the night Bisou, 210; Blue Prize (ARG), 31.

Male Sprinter

Mitole, 236; Most Safety, 5.

Feminine Sprinter

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

Male Turf Horse

Bricks and Mortar, 241.

Feminine Turf Horse

Uni (GB), 126; Sistercharlie (IRE), 61; Were given Stormy, 33; Iridessa, (IRE) 15; Concrete Rose, 3; Vasilika, 2; Cambier Parc, 1.

Steeplechase Horse

Winston C (IRE), 158; Mind Energy (IRE), 44; Scorpiancer (IRE), 3; Voter Abstentions, 36.


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; Finish Zone Athletics, Inc., 2; Hronis Racing, 2; Madaket Stables LLC, 2; LNJ Foxwoods, 1. Voter Abstentions, 7.


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.


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


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.  

Media Eclipse Awards

Media Eclipse Awards are also given within the classes of images, audio and multi-media Web, information/undertaking writing, function/observation writing, nationwide tv–function, and nationwide tv–reside racing programming to acknowledge participants of the media for exceptional protection of Thoroughbred racing. The 2019 Media Eclipse Awards winners, decided via a judges’ panel for every class and in the past introduced, are:

Tv – Are living Racing Programming – TVG, “TVG Pacific Vintage,” Aug. 17, 2019

Tv – Options – FOX Sports activities 2, “When Rachel Raised the Rafters,” Aug. 30, 2019

Function/Statement Writing – Joe Nevills, Paulick Record, “Biting The Mud: A Lengthy Good-bye to Mount Delightful Meadows,” July 22, 2019

Information/Undertaking Writing – Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, “Anniversary of Fatal San Luis Rey Fireplace Lines Nonetheless,” Dec. 8, 2018

Audio/Multi-Media Web – Horse Racing Radio Community (HRRN), “2019 Breeders’ Cup Global Championships,” Nov. 2, 2019

Images – Jim Leuenberger,, “2019 Kentucky Derby,” Might 4, 2019

Along with honoring the 17 winners within the horse and human classes, Scott Coles won the Eclipse Award because the 2019 Horseplayer of the 12 months. 

The brand new identify sponsor of this 12 months’s Eclipse Awards is champion sprinter and Claiborne Farm stallion Runhappy. Along with the 3 presenting companions – The Stronach Crew, Breeders’ Cup, and Day by day Racing Shape – the Eclipse Awards is supported via authentic companions Keeneland, Florida HBPA, Pink Logo, Racetrack Tv Community, Dean Dorton, Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Homeowners Affiliation, Rood & Riddle Equine Health facility, Hallway Feeds, Transparent Span, Thoroughbred Homeowners and Breeders Affiliation, New York Racing Affiliation, Jackson Circle of relatives Wines, Tito’s Home made Vodka, Racing Expressions, Large Ass Fanatics, and Indianos Tequila. The authentic charity of the Eclipse Awards is the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA).

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