With his front-running 6 1/2-length victory at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium, Rapid Redux joined a couple of all-time greats with his 16th consecutive victory Sept. 4.
Owned by Robert Cole Jr., the 5-year-old gelded son of Pleasantly Perfect matched the winning streaks of Citation and Cigar while performing against mostly in starter allowance company. Now in the sights of Rapid Reux are Zenyatta and Pepper’s Pride, who share the North American record at 19 straight victories.
Rapid Redux has won 22 of 36 races and earned $294,144 in four seasons of racing. He is 14-for-14 this year. Fortress Pacific Equine bred the chestnut gelding. He is out of the Storm Cat mare Thiscatsforcaryl.
Jockey J.D. Acosta guided Rapid Redux to the early lead over five rivals in the $15,000 starter allowance test at 1 1/16 miles on dirt. Rapid Redux turned back a challenge on the final turn and opened up a five-length lead at mid-stretch before gearing down in the final sixteenth of a mile. He was timed in 1:46.71 on a fast track, 4 1/2 seconds off the Timonium track record.
“He waits on horses and I was getting really nervous,” said winning trainer David Wells. “And just as quickly he seems to find another gear. He’s got starter eligibility for another three months and we’re going to use that to our best advantage.”
“I did grow up around here, so doing it at Timonium means a lot more,” said Rapid Redux's owner Cole, a mortgage banker. “It’s hard to get these $5,000 starters to go, so from here we’ll take it wherever we can find one.”
Sent off at 1-5 odds, Rapid Redux returned $2.40 while carrying co-top weight of 124 pounds. Albrecht ($5.20, $2.60), was second, a head better than Ham and Ernie ($2.60).