Rapid Redux Continues Winning Streak
With a winning streak stretching back to December 2010, six-year-old- gelding Rapid Redux took first place in the sixth race at Laurel Park on Wednesday January 4, thereby extending his United States record to winning twenty-two consecutive races.
With JD Acosta in the saddle, Rapid Redux took the lead early in the six-horse race, claiming victory in the five-horse race by three-quarters of a length. Seen as a worthy opponent, Awesome Rhythm came in a close second, having previously claimed second place to Rapid Redux in the race at Laurel Park on 13 December last year.
In addition to being a candidate for the title of Horse of the Year, Rapid Redux will be receiving a Special Eclipse Award at the annual awards ceremony scheduled for 16 January in Beverly Hills, California. The Special Award for Rapid Redux was announced just prior to the race on Wednesday by the partners and sponsors of the Eclipse Awards, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters, and the Daily Racing Form.
Owned by Robert L. Cole Jr. of Baltimore, and trained by David Wells, Rapid Redux has broken the nineteen consecutive win record held by both Peppers Pride and Zenyatta. He also matched the record held by Citation for nineteen wins in a single year. Should this seemingly unstoppable son of Pleasantly Perfect win his next race, he will equal the record of twenty-three consecutive victories set in 1797 and 1801 by Leviathan. Having claimed Rapid Redux in October 2010 for $6250, Cole is thrilled with his acquisition noting that his achievements are like a dream come true. Cole also confirmed that he wants the Maryland-bred horse to remain close to home, noting that he has shown great durability and consistency in his thirteen-month winning streak. Commenting on the accomplishments of Rapid Redux, NTRA president Alex Waldrop said that it was something not likely to be seen again soon.