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Rapid Redux will return in 2012

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 record.”


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Good question Andy, I know there have been several interested parties trying to obtain him, I'm pretty sure the plan has changed about retiring him now because the owner is determined to get at least one more win and the race will have to come after years end.
The Rapid Redux connections said he would retire at the end of 2011. Will he run for a tag in 2012? If he gets claimed will the new owners make sure he has a place to retire or will he slide down the claiming ladder and disappear?
I can't disagree with their decision, why race a shipper coming off racing every 16 to 17 days? Keep him healthy a race a few more in 2012.

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