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Breeders' Cup 2017

20 in a row! Rapid Redux does it again

I’d be willing to bet that this is the first time that the world of racing has tuned en masse for a Monday evening card from Mountaineer Park, but tonight they had good reason, for how often does the American modern-day record for consecutive wins get broken. Just barely one year after the champion Zenyatta was denied in her attempt to win her 20th race without a loss, Rapid Redux hit the magical mark with a victory in tonight’s eighth race at Mountaineer Park. The starter $5,000 allowance, with a purse of $14,900, may be as far removed from last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Classic as a race could be, but that mattered little to fans of the five-year-old gelding.

Sent off as a prohibitive 1-10 favorite in the field of four, the most difficult portion of the evening was entering the starting gate, as the consistent winner balked several times before lining up to run. Wearing his now familiar yellow blinkers, Rapid Redux sprinted right to the lead under rider DeShawn Parker, and from there the race was not much more than a formality. Setting comfortable early fractions, the son of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, Pleasantly Perfect, faced a couple of small challenges on the turn, but never appeared to be in any danger. As the small field hit the homestretch, the heavy favorite was allowed to roll and opened up a big advantage quickly. In the final 50 yards, Rapid Redux was under wraps and hit the wire four lengths ahead of his nearest rival.  He finished the one mile distance in 1:40.04 on the muddy main track at Mountaineer Park.


Owned by Robert Cole and trained by David Wells, Rapid Redux is now perfect in 18 starts this year. And so the beat goes on.


Unlike Zenyatta, he did not begin the streak as an undefeated horse, and unlike Pepper’s Pride, the other American horse to win 19 in a row, Rapid Redux was not running in any form of stakes races. But now he has done something that neither the soon to be Hall of Famer, nor the New Mexico legend could do … win 20 races in a row.

The streak began last December, and now Rapid Redux stands alone from any modern thoroughbred in American racing. Say what you will about the class of horses he is running against, but winning this many races in a row is a remarkable feat.


Much like the appreciative West Virginia crowd was thrilled to do tonight, I salute you, Rapid Redux!


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I know you don't care about awards...how about a reward Jojo's mix; 1 lb Strategy Healthy Edge, add shredded carrots, apple chunks 1 tsp of spice mixture: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and tumeric and stir in 1 cup warm water :)
I'm a fan!! You are one in a million and an exception to the rule. Rapid Redux you deserve all the awards!!!
It pains me to admit this, but I'd never even heard of Rapid Redux before. I'll be keeping an eye out for him now. It's a shame he won't win an Eclipse. This is remarkable!
Rapid Redux won't win a traditional Eclipse award, but I'm hoping he wins the Von Populi Award, which will be voted on by the people next month.
There should be, but there is not, a venue to honor the best grooms, ferriers, vets and exercise riders, but it is a sport for the wealthy, and a lot like the Oscars, many votes are negotiated by favors and $$$$$$
I too wish that there was a special Eclipse Award for horses like this one.
many track honor the old warriors. We used to have a yaerly Old campaigner of the Year award each season honoring them and their connections as well they should be honored for their grit and stamina of competition
Awesome! Winning 20 in a row at any level is an amazing accomplishment. Glad he did it. (Nice article Brian.)
It's infinitely harder for a low level horse to have such a winning streak than for a great horse because of form. Common sense?
Great race by an amazing gelding. I wish there was some award that he could get for his accomplishments because he has done more in one year than most top level horses do in two or three years. Twenty in a row on different tracks, with different jockeys, and on different surfaces is pretty remarkable. I sincerely hope he keeps the streak alive.
kind of reminds me of See You at Peelers. Great on the B circuit but folded like a cheap suit at the Breder's crown preps
Has this well managed (trainer knws how to keep this one sound and place him where he can do his best) track records? carried big weight? ovecome adveristy? ran versius the best? Champions do all those things and often more....Niice minor league animal
HOY was won tonight on a muddy track in WV Just my opinion
Bravo, Rapid Redux! How often do we get to see the sport represented in such a good way? Not often. What an ambassador for the sport, since 85% of all the races run in the U.S. are the low-level claimers and allowance blue collar horses!! He represents the backbone of the sport! He's an equestrian version of Rocky! Salud!!
What's the chances of seeing another horse at any level have a win streak like this one? I probably won't see this again in my life time.
big time congrats to RR for his 20th in a row. honorable mention for this horse at the january eclipse awards would be in order.
Does a horse have to be a million dollar blue blood to nab the horse of the year award? Maybe not this year. Looks like Rapid Redux has accomplished more than enough to claim the honors.
I think the most remarkable thing about this streak is that it was accomplished in 355 calendar days. That was winning every 17 days on average . Why to go Rapid Redux, you truly embody what this sport really means when we say the Sport of Kings
Woo Hoo , WTG Rapid Redux !! You are AWESOME !!
One of the things that makes horse racing great is that it's fun to watch at any level of competition. I have immense respect for Rapid Redux, who is a true champion and fun to watch. I hope he goes for 21!!!

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