05/20/2012 11:30AM

Rapid Redux will spend retirement at Kentucky Horse Park

Barbara D. Livingston
Rapid Redux, now 6, has been retired after winning his last 22 races for owner Robert Cole and trainer David Wells.

Rapid Redux, a winner of a modern United States record 22 straight races, has been retired and is being shipped this week to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.

Owner Robert Cole Jr. said at the Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico on Thursday that after trying for months to get the 6-year-old gelding ready to race again, he decided that enough was enough.

“He’s perfect right now, and we want him to stay that way,” said Cole. “Why risk having him get beat?”

Cole claimed Rapid Redux for $6,250 at Penn National in October 2010 and turned him over to Maryland-based trainer David Wells. Rapid Redux won two races to end the year, then went a perfect 19 for 19 while remaining eligible for starter-allowance conditions in 2011 before winning his final career start on Jan. 4 of this year. His 22-race streak broke the former record of 19 held by Pepper’s Pride and Zenyatta. His feats earned him a Special Eclipse Award for 2011.

After his last race, Cole announced the gelding was battling a chronic foot injury and that he would attempt to campaign him again only if the horse returned perfectly sound. He confirmed at the Alibi Breakfast that Rapid Redux was “not quite the same horse” for racing purposes but the gelding was otherwise healthy and happy.

Rapid Redux will join other famous retirees at the Horse Park, including Cigar and Funny Cide.

Peter Sipari More than 1 year ago
Hats off to this horse, but really, if his owner/trainer really felt this horse deserved attention with the best of sprinters, he should have been entered against those horses.
Morris More than 1 year ago
salute to rapid redux & all of his acomplishments. he has more than earned his place at kentucky horse park, even though he ran for a price. 3 blogs over i read a bunch of derogitory commemts about pval & his problems. there is something wrong about this picture. we worry & fret to keep the ex race horses alive &well for their retirement .but have no place in their sympothy for a jockey who has served the industry as well as pval has. it makes me want to puke ,when these bleeding hearts take that point of view. now i ask you, what do you want to do. save the horses & throw some human being to the dogs? we need to take a long look at ourselves. it wouldnt surprise me to hear if some of the "bleeding hearts', would want to save the horses& send pval to the killers. enough said. "an ole railbird"
Kalar Walters More than 1 year ago
Very nice horse! Still had some prance left in him. Love the 'high-stepping prance' headin' back. :) I, too, think it's too bad he's a gelding.
OwenJ More than 1 year ago
Mr. Cole did the human thing and retired the horse. Pity he is a gelding. His breeding isn't AS ORDINARY AS SOME MAY THINK!
cigar1872 More than 1 year ago
what a joke that this horse will stand next to cigar dahoss and funny cide .....how many drug positives has wells had what joke this horse is not in the same league has the great z
Wendy Parrish More than 1 year ago
Are you kidding me? Jerk.
Andy Andrews More than 1 year ago
Do u people have any clue hall of champions with cigar that is just wrong the horse that have lived there were are still r champions what did this horse do to desvre to stand next to the greats in racing
mike More than 1 year ago
He earned a nice retirement!
Robert Smith More than 1 year ago
Thank you Mr Cole for placing the bar where it should be. Ive seen a lot of callous owners run their local heros into the ground. (for sake of profit) Thank you for doing the right thing with this horse and his maximun effort.
earl More than 1 year ago
Interesting Rapid Redux Fact Rapid Redux horse races were the only weekday non Zippy Chippy races that were ever covered on the four letter sports network
mike More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to going from Maryland down there to see him.......Glad to see him retired sound.
icebaby More than 1 year ago
Thanks for the ride RR, you hold the record no matter what anybody says...a win is a win is a win, no matter what level, you have my vote.....and remember boys and and girls, it's 90% horse and 10% jockey....you can debate that but I know better. congrats to Mr.Wells and Mr. Cole for not ruining this magnificent animal!