Rapid Redux will go for his 22nd consecutive victory when he goes in a $17,000 starter allowance Jan. 4 at Laurel Park. The Wednesday card is opening day of the 2012 Laurel Park winter meeting.
Rapid Redux was a perfect 19-for-19 as a 5-year-old in 2011, including five scores at Laurel. He tied Zenyatta and Peppers Pride for the most consecutive modern-day wins by a United States-based runner with his 19th straight victory Oct. 27 at Laurel and equaled Citation’s modern-day mark of 19 wins in a calendar year at the central Maryland track on Dec. 13.
“He is training well and coming into this race better than his last start,” owner Robert Cole said. “He has been amazingly consistent and amazingly durable and has a tremendous mindset for winning. In training he does not let the horses go by him just like in a race. He truly knows the object of the game.”
Wednesday’s race, a one mile test for horses who have started for a claiming price of $5,000 or less in 2010 or 2011, drew nine other runners including multiple stakes winner Delaware River, who was claimed out of his most recent start by trainer William Campbell.
“He cannot be treated like a normal horse and be running for a tag after he loses the condition,” said Cole. “I found five starter allowance races east of the Mississippi that he is eligible to run in. It is conceivable to have one or two more starts (in starter allowance company) after this one because there are already races written in condition books that accommodate his date. Finding races for him the next couple months is not an issue but I don’t see him ever running for a claiming price because I don’t want anyone else to own him. He has done too much for us and that wouldn’t be fair to him.”
Cole and trainer David Wells have sent their star to seven different tracks at distances from five furlongs to 1 1/8 miles, using seven riders. J.D. Acosta, who has been aboard seven times during the streak, has the mount.
Cole, a Baltimore County native, claimed the son of Pleasantly Perfect at Penn National for $6,250 on Oct. 13, 2010. Since then the gelding has won 22 of 23 races with earnings of $256,384.The win-streak began Dec. 2, 2010 at Penn National.