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Irad Ortiz Jr. celebrates aboard Bricks and Mortar after the Turf.
The $4 million Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) features older horses going 1 1/2 miles on the turf out of the downhill chute. Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1), Manhattan (G1) and Arlington Million (G1) winner Bricks and Mortar was sent off as the even-money choice in the field of 12. In to challenge him included 7-2 second choice Old Persian, winner of the Northern Dancer Turf (G1), and 5-1 third choice and Epsom Derby (G1) winner Anthony Van Dyck, 3rd in the Irish Champion (G1) last out.
Bricks and Mortar rarllies on the outside in the stretch
Jockey Martin Garcia sent 41-1 Acclimate to lead through fractions of 24.81, 48.44, 1:13.26, and 1:37.91 while pressed by 45-1 Bandua and stalked by 51-1 United and 22-1 Channel Maker. Turning for home Bandua gained a short lead throigh 10f in 2:01.35 before tiring. United inherited the lead mistretch but Bricks and Mortar, 7th early under Irad Ortiz Jr., closed with a rush to win by a head in 2:24.73. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to Anthony Van Dyck third.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 9 Bricks and Mortar Ortiz Jr. 4.00 3.20 2.40 3 United Prat 25.60 13.00 5 Anthony Van Dyck Moore 4.00 Winning Time: 2:24.73 $1 Exacta 9-3 68.60 $1 Trifecta 9-3-5 439.30 $1 Superfecta 9-3-5-1 2,746.20Results chart
Left: Bricks and Mortar in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. said, "This is a special horse. Hè might be the best I've ever ridden. Today, hè was a little keen with me, so we were closer to the pace than normal. So, I just tried to get him to relax. When I asked him to run, I looked behind me and saw we were clear. Hè saw that other horse in front of us and hè fought all the way to the wire. I knew it was very close, but I thought we won it. I'm so happy!"
Right: The trophy presentation for the Turf. Winning trainer Chad Brown said, "This horse is remarkable. This is the biggest win of my career, and the biggest for my team, for sure. He has a lot of guts. What an awesome horse. We're so, so fortunate he's in our barn. It takes a remarkable team of really talented men and women to hold a horse together like this undefeated with five Grade 1 wins). I can't say enough about the individuals who worked with this horse throughout this campaign. Without them we wouldn't be here."
Left: Bricks and Mortar heads across to the turf course before the race. Brown added, "We just went race to race and when we got through each one it was, ‘OK, what are we going to do next? There were a lot of things to decide. A mile and a half, do we run him after the Arlington Million, can I get this horse ready after 13 weeks? I just reached down and talked to Bobby (Frankel). I have to thank him, too. We found the knowledge. I wouldn't be here right now without Bobby Frankel. He launched me and to get to a training fest like this, you have to go into his textbook and pull out bits and pieces that maybe he used in the past. It certainly helped me today."
Right: Bricks and Mortar heads back to the barn. Winning co-owner William Lawrence said, "(Horse of the Year) is up to the voters. He certainly has been leading the poll since April, and I think winning today, showing the heart that he showed, he's certainly our Horse of the Year, and hopefully he'll be the voters' too. We're just happy to have this horse. Seth (Klarman) and I started a partnership about 15 years ago, and we're actually winding it down. We're going to sell off a couple of horses next week. So the last three, four years, I guess we finally learned after about 10, 11 years of getting knocked around."
Left: Second place finisher United heads across to the turf course before the race. Trainer Richard Mandella said, "He just needed a chance and he sure came through and gave it his all. It says a lot (about his ability). We knew it was a tough race but I just thought that other quarter of a mile would really help him and we had a little excuse going in our last race so we thought it was worth stepping up and he paid us back. I thought we were going to win there for a minute."
Right: Third place finisher Anthony Van Dyck returns after the race. Trainer Aidan O'Brien said, "Sometimes the race goes for you and sometimes it goes against you. He's (Anthony Van Dyck) a really nice horse and he'll be a lovely horse next year." Jockey Ryan Moore added, "It was quite rough out there."
Left: First time down the stretch in the Turf with Acclimate leading the pack. Charlie Appleby, trainer of 11th place finisher Old Persian (blue Godolphin silks and cap towards the rear) said, "They went steady fractions and everyone was in a heap, whereas we normally know that they usually, down that backside, would have been starting to get strung out a little bit. They were all stacking up like they were going into that far turn and he got back into that position. To be fair, once they went past us the first time and I saw where we were, well, I thought there just wasn't going to be anything positive today."
Right: The field rounds the clubhouse turn with Zulu Alpha (pink silks, 1) last, 11 lengths behind pacesetter Acclimate.
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