'Redux' 3-5 favorite in latest bid for history
Rapid Redux has been established as the 3-5 morning-line favorite by Maryland Jockey Club handicapper Frank Carulli in Tuesday's sixth race, a $17,000 starter allowance. Rapid Redux, who broke the record for consecutive wins last month at Mountaineer Park with his 20th straight score, looks to tie the modern-day U.S. record for victories in a calendar year, currently shared by Citation (1948) and Roseben (1905) at 19. The North American record is owned by Puerto Rico-based Camarero, who won 29straight races in 1955 and an additional 19 consecutive a year earlier during a 56-win streak. Luke Blackburn won 22 consecutive races in 1880. Rapid Redux, who will start from the rail, is 18-for-18 in 2011. Six runners are set to face Rapid Redux in the 1 1/16-mile test for horses who have started for a claiming price of $5,000 or less in 2010 or 2011. During the win-streak Rapid Redux has faced an average of 4.7 rivals per race. "It is typical about what we have been running against," owner Robert Cole, a Towson native, said. "We have to go out and win one more. It is not going to last forever. We just hope Tuesday isn't our day to get beat. I know it can happen at any time." Cole claimed the son of Pleasantly Perfect at Penn National for $6,250 on Oct. 13, 2010. The win-streak began Dec. 2, 2010 at Penn National. Since then, the gelding has won 21 of 22 races with earnings of $246,694. 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 six times during the streak, has the mount. "We have to go with the game plan which is going to the lead," Acosta said. "I am grateful to have the chance to ride. This is something the big name jockeys get to do and I am really happy to have the opportunity." Rapid Redux earned his 19th straight victory at Laurel Park on Oct. 27 to tie Zenyatta and Peppers Pride in the record book and has won three other races here (Jan. 12, Feb. 16 and March 3) during the streak. Post time for Tuesday's sixth race is 2:55 p.m. The race will be broadcast live on HRTV and streamed live on drf.com.