Rapid Redux equals Citation’s year win record

Rapid Redux rolls to 19th win in 2011 tying Citation’s record

Rapid Redux, a five-year-old gelding, tied the North American Thoroughbred record for most wins in a calender year by winning his 19th consecutive race tying a mark set by the great Citation in 1948. Rapid Redux who has won 21 straight races dating back to 2010, won today’s 6th race at Laurel, a 1 1/16 allowance race.

Rapid Redux went right to the lead for jockey J.D. Acosta setting a solid pace while maintaining a clear lead. When asked for run at the top of the stretch, Rapid Redux responded by opening up three open lengths before holding on to beat Awsome Rythm by a half length. Rapid Redux, trained by David Wells for owner Robert Cole, paid $2.60 to win and was timed in 1:45.08 on a fast dirt track. No Brakes, the second betting choice, finished third.

Owner Robert Cole claimed Rapid Redux at Penn National for $6,250 in 2010. He and trainer David Wells took advantage of a rule that allowed the horse to run in races for those that had been claimed. Rapid Redux won’t be eligible for those after the end of the year

Cole and Wells have run Rapid Redux in races with modest purses, picking their spots at tracks like — Mountaineer Park, Timonium, Charles Town and Penn National. The horse has won $256,384 during the streak. Rapid Redux last lost on Nov. 18, 2010. Since the streak began, he has raced at seven different tracks and with seven different riders. Acosta has ridden him more than anyone else — seven times. Rapid Redux’s 21st in a row, moved him two victories ahead of the previous modern North American record-holders for consecutive wins, Zenyatta and Peppers Pride.

Citation had 19 wins in 20 starts in 1948, the year he won the Triple Crown.

It may also have been Rapid Redux’s last race. His trainer would like to retire the son of Pleasantly Perfect – Thiscatsforcaryl, by StormCat at the end of the year going out on top. That’s not to say that the gelding won’t race in 2012 as long as he’s sound and his connections can find the right spots.