Laurel Park Opening Day will feature Rapid Redux

December 30, 2011 | Gary Quill

Rapid Redux the soon to be 6-year old (on Jan. 1) son of Pleasantly Perfect will go for his 22nd consecutive victory when he starts in Wednesday afternoon’s 6th race, a $17,000 starter allowance. The January 4th 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 Park. Rapid Redux tied Zenyatta and Peppers Pride for the most consecutive wins by a
United States-based runner with his 19th straight victory at Laurel Park on October 27 and equaled Citation’s mark of 19 wins in a calendar year at the central Maryland track on December 13. The win-streak began December 2, 2010 at Penn National.

“He is training well and coming into this race better than his last start,” owner Robert Cole, Jr. 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.

Seventeen of Rapid Redux’s 21 victories during the streak have been in starter allowance company.

“He cannot be treated like a normal horse and be running for a tag after he loses the condition,” added 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.”

What wouldn’t be fair is if Cole retires Rapid Redux after his starter allownace eligibility ends. Rapid Redux is a racehorse… a gelding at that. If he is sound he should continue to run.