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Rapid Redux

Pedigree: Foaled in 2006 in Kentucky; Chestnut Gelding; Sire – Pleasantly Perfect; Dam –Thiscatsforcaryl by Storm Cat
Trained by: David Wells
Owners: Robert Cole, Jr
Breeders: Fortress Pacific Equine LLC
Jockeys: J. D. Acosta, DeShawn L. Parker, Weldon T. Cloninger, Jr., Vladimir Diaz, Kenny Santiago, Sheldon Russell, and David Cora
Major winsWinner of 22 consecutive races from January 2010 to January 2012 (New North American record) at seven mid-Atlantic tracks (Mountaineer, Penn National, Laurel Park, Thistledown, Charles Town Races, Timonium, and Parx Racing)
Awards - Eclipse Special Award in 2011; Secretariat Vox Populi Award in 2011; The Maryland Horse Industry Board Touch of Class Award in 2012
Record: 42 starts; 28-1-1
Earnings: $361,609

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RAPID REDUX FINDS HIS FOREVER HOME AT OLD FRIENDS
with biographical information courtesy of
Old Friends website


Claimed for $6,250 in October 2010, Rapid Redux may not have seemed a likely maker of history. But by 2011 the gutsy chestnut gelding tied Citation’s record for 19 wins in one year. He surpassed the 19 consecutive wins in North American held jointly by Zenyatta and Pepper’s Pride and he still went on winning.


Rapid Redux
Rapid Redux photo by Jim McCue

Rapid Redux
Rapid Redux photo by Jim McCue

By his retirement in early 2012, Rapid Redux had achieved a phenomenal 22 consecutive victories, a feat that will not be equaled any time soon. His remarkable achievement earned a special 2011 Eclipse Award and the Vox Populi Award, besting three other finalists—Uncle Mo, Goldikova and Havre de Grace.


In 2012 Rapid Redux and his connections received a special award of merit from the Maryland Jockey Club. His contribution to the sport of racing in ordinary races at blue-collar tracks called attention to the achievements of the majority of horses, who never win a stakes but provide the daily thrills and livelihood of the sport.


Rapid Redux
Rapid Redux photo by Jim McCue


Rapid Redux
Rapid Redux photo by Jim McCue

On May 31, 2012 Rapid Redux took an honored place among Old Friends retirees, where no less a patriarch than Gulch adopted him as a buddy.

Rapid Redux
Rapid Redux photo by www.equisportphotos.com

To celebrate the horse’s arrival at Old Friends, a press conference was held at Old Friends’s Dream Chase Farm on Friday, June 1, 2012. Members of print, broadcast, and online media were there along with fans and photographers as they met Rapid Redux and heard his remarkable story.

Michael Blowen stated it well that day, “We’re very grateful to David Wells for allowing us to retire Rapid Redux at Old Friends. This durable, tenacious Eclipse Award winner will be accessible to his fans every day. It makes everyone here at Old Friends very proud.”

Rapid Redux
Rapid Redux photo by Rick Capone

Rapid Redux
Rapid Redux photo by Rick Capone

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Rapid Redux & Princess
Rapid Redux & Princess photo by Rick Capone

For additional biographical information on Rapid Redux, please visit the following links:

Stretch runs for Rapid Redux Win Streak - Youtube

Washington Post - article by Andrew Beyer, January 18, 2012

Bloodhorse - article Ron Mitchell, Sunday May 20, 2012

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Rapid Redux
Rapid Redux photo by www.equisportphotos.com


Rapid Redux
Rapid Redux photo by www.equisportphotos.com

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