09/30/2011 2:06PM

Mountaineer: Rapid Redux scratched to avoid mud


Rapid Redux’s quest to catch co-record holders Zenyatta and Peppers Pride has been temporarily put on hold.

Concerned about track conditions at Mountaineer Racetrack, trainer David Wells did not ship Rapid Redux to West Virginia and will scratch the 5-year-old gelding from Friday night’s one-mile starter allowance, where the horse was listed as the 3-5 morning-line favorite in a field of eight.

Rapid Redux has won 17 consecutive races since last December, two shy of the North American record shared by last year’s Horse of the Year Zenyatta and the New Mexico-bred mare Peppers Pride.

“The track has been muddy and they’re calling for more rain later today and tonight,” Wells said. “The last two horses I ran out there on an off track came back a little foot sore. I just don’t want to take a chance of running on an off track.”

During his current streak, which includes 15 races in 2011, Rapid Redux has won in the slop at Charles Town and over a surface rated good at Mountaineer.

Wells said that in all likelihood, Rapid Redux will run next in a $5,000 starter allowance - with a purse of $25,000 - scheduled for 1 1/8 miles on Oct. 14 at Charles Town. He is also considering entering Rapid Redux for the main track only in a $7,500 starter allowance written for 1 1/16 miles on turf at Laurel Park on Oct. 11. Laurel also has a starter allowance race in its current condition book for Oct. 15. That event is scheduled for one mile on the main track for horses who have started for a claiming price of $5,000 or less the past two seasons.