Rapid Redux wins 20th straight to set new North American record

Owned by Towson native Robert Cole Jr., Rapid Redux coasts to easy win in the mud

  • Towson native Robert Cole Jr. owns Rapid Redux, a horse who is three wins shy of breaking the North American record for consecutive victories.
Towson native Robert Cole Jr. owns Rapid Redux, a horse who is… (Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun )
November 21, 2011|Baltimore Sun staff

Rapid Redux, the 5-year-old gelded son of Pleasantly Perfect, owned by Towson native Robert Cole Jr., set the North American Record for consecutive victories by winning at muddy Mountaineer Race Track in Chester, W.Va. Monday night.

Rapid Redux beat Lady On Fire for his 20th straight victory. Front running as usual, Rapid Redux won the mile race, which originally had 11 horses entered but went off with only four, by four lengths.

"He went to the lead and coasted," Cole said. "He didn't have to knock himself out and everything was great."

Ridden by DeShawn Parker, Rapid Redux was somewhat reluctant to enter the starting gate, but wasn’t reluctant to leave it. “He’s always like that,” Parker said. “After the first couple of strides, Rapid Redux knew exactly what to do. I can’t tell you how great a feeling it is to ride a great horse like this.”

Prior to Monday's victory, Rapid Redux was tied with 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta and Peppers Pride, a New Mexico-bred mare, with 19 wins. While the two mares each won 19 straight races over four years, Rapid Redux set the new mark in less than 12 months.

"It feels very good and I'm very happy about it," Cole said. "There were a lot of people here and we had a good time.  I felt relief when the entries came out. I knew he was better than the rest of the field. But it's good to get it over with.

"As long as he's healthy he'll keep racing. In another couple or three weeks we'll try for 21."

Baltimore Sun Staff writer Sandra McKee contributed to this article.

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