George Strawbridge won the Outstanding Breeder Eclipse Award, while British Idiom, by Pa. stallion Flashback, won the 2-year-old filly Eclipse Award
- January 24, 2020
- By Staff Writers
George Strawbridge, Jr., who bred Bricks and Mortar, won his first Eclipse Award for Outstanding Breeder during the Eclipse Award dinner at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 23.
By Giant's Causeway out of Beyond the Waves, by Ocean Crest, Bricks and Mortar was sold by Strawbridge at Keeneland for $200,000.
Bricks and Mortar went on to run a perfect six wins from six starts in 2019, including winning the G1 Breeders' Cup Turf.
He was treated for a potentially career-ending case of stringhalt in 2018, but was gradually nursed back to health, and Bricks and Mortar was unbeatable in 2019.
He was the first Horse of the Year for trainer Chad Brown Thursday evening and was also a unanimous winner of the Eclipse Award for older turf male.
Runners bred by Strawbridge won 26 races, good for third overall on the individual breeders list with a total of $7,505,233 in earnings in 2019.
"This is an enormous surprise, a sort of a David and Goliath type of thing," said Strawbridge. "And I have to thank the owners of Bricks and Mortar and the trainer of Bricks and Mortar. What a terrific job they did. Can you imagine giving him a year off because there was a problem? How perceptive is that? Thank you all very much."