Robert Cole Jr.’s Rapid Redux will shoot for his 16th straight win when he’ll likely go off as the favorite at the Maryland State Fair Sunday, Sept. 4.
Claimed for $6,500 at Penn National last October, the 5-year-old won seven of 14 races in 2010 and is 13-for-13 this year. His 15 straight wins have come at distances ranging from five furlongs to 1 1/8 miles, all while under the care of trainer David Wells. The gelded son of Pleasantly Perfect has beaten starter-allowance company 11 times during the streak. Most recently, he won as the 1-5 favorite Aug. 22 at Thistledown.
“The last race was really tough on him,” said Wells. “We woke him up really early and it was a six-hour trip. A sprinter really wore him down and he was tired after the effort. But he’s back, he’s sharp and we expect a big effort out of him on Sunday.”
Rapid Redux will face seven in the 1 1/16-mile starter allowance, which takes them around three turns at Timonium. Juan Acosta, who has won two races aboard Rapid Redux, regains the mount. Post time is at 4:22 p.m. EDT.
Out of the Storm Cat mare Thiscatsforcaryl, Rapid Redux was bred in Kentucky by Fortress Pacific Equine. For his career, he has a 21-1-1 slate from 35 starts and has earned $285,594.