When Richard Ravin and
Christine Wagner’s Helicopter got up in the late stages of his most recent race
Aug. 18, the 5-year-old gelding was scoring his 19th career win since New
Year’s Day of 2009 through last weekend.
Two other horses – Robert Cole
Jr.’s Rapid Redux and Establo Comerio’s Guadalquivir – also had 19 wins over
that same time frame, but with total earnings of $289,414, Helicoptor led those
rivals in money won to be the most successful horse in North
America over that time frame based on that tiebreaker.
However, last Monday at
Thistledown in Cleveland,
Ohio, Rapid Redux reclaimed his
advantage by scoring his 20th win in that same timeframe. It was also
Rapid Redux’s 15th straight win and his 13th in as many starts this season.
Helicopter, who is conditioned
by Arlington Park’s
leading trainer Larry Rivelli, still has more earnings than Rapid Redux, who is
trained by David Wells and whose latest victory increased his own career
earnings to $285,594.
Guadalquivir, who races
exclusively at Hipodromo Camarero in Puerto Rico,
is trained by Manuel Perez, has lifetime earnings of $114,258 and last went to
the post July 17.