Rapid Redux to be Pensioned at Old Friends
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 5/26/2012 1:26:30 PM
Last Updated: 5/27/2012 10:58:33 AM
Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club
Rapid Redux, who established the modern North American record of 22 consecutive wins in January, will be permanently pensioned at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement center in Georgetown, KY.
Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends, made the announcement in a press release May 26. The 6-year-old gelding is to arrive at the organization’s Georgetown farm on May 30.
Rapid Redux will be coming from trainer David Wells’ farm near Penn National Racecourse courtesy of Morrissey's Horse Pullmans of Pawling, NY.
To celebrate the horse’s arrival, a reception and press conference will be held at Old Friends’ Dream Chase Farm June 1 at 11 a.m. The farm is located at 1841 Paynes Depot Road in Georgetown, KY. The public is invited to come and meet Rapid Redux and other retirees. Refreshments will be served.
In December of 2010, Rapid Redux won an $8,000 claiming race at Penn National and set off a win streak that continued into early 2012. The son of Pleasantly Perfect earned his 22nd consecutive victory at Laurel Park before retiring. His streak exceeded the 19-race win streaks of Peppers Pride and 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta
In 2011 Rapid Redux was awarded a Special Eclipse Award for his significant accomplishments, which includ tying Citation's record for most wins in a single year with 19.
Claimed for $6,250 in 2010 by owner Robert Cole Jr. and trained by Wells, Rapid Redux finished his career with 28 wins from 42 lifetime starts. His earnings total $361,609.
“We’re very grateful to David Wells for allowing us to retire Rapid Redux at Old Friends,” said Blowen. “This durable, tenacious Eclipse Award winner will be accessible to his fans every day. It makes everyone here at Old Friends very proud.”
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