Rapid Redux, the 5-year-old gelded son of Pleasantly Perfect, tied the North American record for consecutive victories at 19 with a win Thursday on Laurel Park’s muddy and sealed track.
The win puts Rapid Redux in the company of New Mexico bred Peppers Pride and 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta.
“I freaked out as he was coming down the stretch,” said owner Robert Cole, Jr., a Towson native who claimed Rapid Redux for $6,250 a year ago. “It was a little tougher than I was expecting. It’s kind of a storybook story and I’m very grateful. You dream about something like this, but typically the dreams don’t happen.”
Rapid Redux broke on top and kept the lead throughout the 7- urlongs. He was pressured down the stretch by Rich Hero but pulled away at the end for a 2 3/4ths-lengths victory.