01/05/2012 6:05PM

Rapid Redux chosen for 'Vox Populi' award


Rapid Redux, the mid-Atlantic-based horse who won his 22nd consecutive race on Wednesday, has been selected for the Secretariat “Vox Populi” Award, according to the administrators of the award.

Rapid Redux was selected by 39 percent of the voters making a selection for the award on a website established for the purpose, according to a release distributed by the administrators, who include Penny Chenery, the owner of the late Triple Crown winner Secretariat. The award was determined by a combination of public vote, a committee, and Chenery, the administrators said.

Rapid Redux won 19 races last year, equaling a modern record set by Citation in 1949 and earning him a Special Eclipse Award. Running exclusively in claiming and starter-allowance races, his 22 consecutive victories is three better than the 19-race streaks put together recently by Peppers Pride and Zenyatta.

“Thousands of races are staged in America every year for every level of competition and thousands of horses win them, but rarely the same horse,” said Chenery, in a release. “So for one horse to beat his field 19 times in one year is flat-out phenomenal.”