Trainer Chad Brown is still on the fence regarding where Bricks and Mortar, a four-time Grade 1-winning Horse of the Year contender, will make his next start.
Owned by Seth Klarman's Klaravich Stable in partnership with William H. Lawrence, the 5-year-old Giant's Causeway dark bay will race in either the Breeders' Cup Mile or the Breeders' Cup Turf. Both events are slated for November 3 at Santa Anita.
Bricks and Mortar made an appearance on the Sunday morning work tab going five furlongs in 1:01.76 over the Widener turf.
“He worked great, it was one of his best works yet,” Brown said.
Unbeaten in five starts this year, Bricks and Mortar kicked off his season with a victory in the inaugural edition of the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Turf besting six Grade/Group 1 winners. From there, he was a narrow winner of the Grade 2 Muniz Memorial Handicap at Fair Grounds before winning a trio of Grade 1 events in the Old Forester Turf Classic at Churchill Downs, Manhattan at Belmont and the Arlington Million at Arlington Park, the latter of which is a “Win And You're In” event for the Turf which Brown, a 12-time Breeders' Cup winner, has yet to win.
Bred in Kentucky by George Strawbridge Jr., Bricks and Mortar is out of the Ocean Crest broodmare Beyond the Waves and was purchased for $200,000 from the 2015 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
Brown recently welcomed Group 1 winner Without Parole to his contingent. The 4-year-old bay son of world champion Frankel has recorded a quintet of works, most recently going five furlongs in 1:03.55 over the Widener turf on Sunday.
“I would like to see one more work before deciding on a next start,” Brown said.
Owned by John and Tanya Gunther, Without Parole has not won since besting grouped stakes winners Gustav Klimt and Wootton in the Group 1 St. James's Palace last June at Royal Ascot for former trainer John Gosden. He last raced when finishing last of 14 in the Group 1 Al Shaqab Lockinge in May at Newbury, a race won by Mustashry.
“It made sense for us to bring him to the U.S. where the turf is generally firmer,” said Tanya Gunther. “Chad has been happy with him and we'll run when the horse is ready and when Chad feels he's at his best. We aren't going to rush him into anything that comes up too quickly.”
Gunther is hoping for a productive North American campaign for Without Parole.
“We hope to bring him back to form and accomplish more for him,” Gunther said. “Obviously he's a Group 1 winner and it would be nice to add another before he goes off to his stallion career.”
A Great Britain homebred, Without Parole is out of the Lemon Drop Kid broodmare Without You Babe, who is a half-sister to 2016 Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner Tamarkuz.
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