Rapid Redux, the record-setting East Coast-based starter-allowance
runner, won’t race again in 2011, ending his bid to set a modern-day
continental American record for wins in a calendar year.
Owner Robert Cole, who claimed Rapid Redux for $6,250 in October 2010
and has seen his horse win 22 of 23 starts since, said an appropriate
race in the waning days of 2011 had not come up for Rapid Redux. Rapid
Redux has won 19 races in 2011, the most in a year since Citation won
the same number in 1948, and Rapid Redux’s connections had hoped to
eclipse that record. But to do so, Cole said, would have required
Pennsylvania-based Rapid Redux to ship to Turfway Park in Kentucky or to
Florida for a race at Tampa Bay Downs or Gulfstream Park.
“We didn’t want to ship him so many hours in a van and then run him,”
Cole said. “That wouldn’t be very smart. He’s tied Citation’s record.
It didn’t seem worth putting him in a bad spot just to go for that