05/26/2012 1:40PM

Rapid Redux to retire at Old Friends, not the Kentucky Horse Park


Rapid Redux, who set a North American record by winning 22 straight races, is being retired this week to Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement center operated by Michael Blowen in Georgetown, Ky.

Owner Robert Cole said Saturday that he “probably misspoke” about the 6-year-old gelding being retired to the Kentucky Horse Park when he announced May 17 at the Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico that Rapid Redux was officially retired. Trained by David Wells, Rapid Redux made his final career start on Jan. 4 at Laurel Park when winning for the 22nd straight time.

“To be honest, David has been handling all the arrangements, and I don’t know one of those places from another,” said Cole. “That may sound dumb, but it’s true.”

Old Friends is a non-profit farm dedicated to giving horses a good life after their racing and breeding careers are over.

M_a_r_y_A_n_n_ More than 1 year ago
It was reported a couple of months ago that three places had extended an invitation for Rapid Redux's retirement home which was the Kentucky Horse Park, Old Friends and another retirement facility I can't remember the name of. At that time, I thought the Kentucky Horse Park would be the best because they have more visitors than the other places. I've been to the Horse Park so I do know how many people visit there. When it was announced a couple of days ago that RR would go to the Horse Park, I was not surprised. I was surprised the Horse Park said they knew nothing of it. Did they withdraw their invitation? A couple of months ago, the Horse Park did not correct the story by saying they did not invite him. In any event, Old Friends will be a wonderful home for Rapid Redux. I have supported Old Friends for years. I am so glad for all of them, Rapid Redux, his connections and Old Friends and Old Friends will be hosting a reception for the arrival of the star. They are so glad RR will become a part of their family and I am too.
Paul_Tuon More than 1 year ago
Happy retirement, Redux! You earned it! lol!!!
R D B More than 1 year ago
make sure you make a nice donation to the farm mr cole
Rachel Harding More than 1 year ago
Scratch corrected it. Make that told us about it. Major typo
Rachel Harding More than 1 year ago
You got a trainer that normally doesnt retire horses to programs such as those its an honest mistake. Im glad they corrected their mistake and corrected it. Old friends is a great place. I follow them on facebook. They spoil the horses there with love and treats. They recently lost seatle slews son leave seatle who they will do an autopsy on chz he was 24 and his death was sudden and unexpected.
Bill Duncliffe More than 1 year ago
Od Friends and KHP are excellent paces to tour. Happy retirement no matter where he goes to Rapid Redux.
peter More than 1 year ago
To be honest, Dumb and greasy explains Mr. Cole very well.
M_a_r_y_A_n_n_ More than 1 year ago
To be honest, Peter, you are really awful to say something like that especially since there is no truth to it. Congratulations to Rapid Redux on his wonderful retirement at Old Friends. Michael and the rest of the gang will take good care of him. Thanks to his owner and trainer who took good care of him and did the best for him for his retirement.
himmelle More than 1 year ago
People that make comments like this are people that lose all their money and have to take it out on someone else. The man made a simple mistake and corrected it. Whats the problem?