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.