08/23/2011 12:08PM

Thistledown: Rapid Redux wins for the 13th time this year without a loss


NORTH RANDALL, Ohio – Rapid Redux, the winningest horse in North America this year, won again at Thistledown on Monday, giving him 13 victories without a loss in 2011. His wining streak began last December and now stands at 15 races.

Four horses are tied for second in wins this year at 8 apiece.

Rapid Redux’s half-length win Monday came in a $5,000 starter allowance at 1 1/16 miles. It was his first start since he won a similar race at Mountaineer Park on July 15.

“With all the shipping, he lost about 150 pounds, so we tried to give him some time off and put some weight back on him,” trainer David Wells said. “But that meant he hadn’t run in 35 days. So he might not have been at his best today. This is the toughest $3,000 I’ve ever made.”

Monday’s race was Rapid Redux’s first career start at Thistledown. During his streak he has also raced at Charles Town, Laurel, Mountaineer, Parx Racing, and Penn National. His victories have come at distances ranging from five furlongs to 1 1/8 miles.

Rapid Redux, a 5-year-old son of Pleasantly Perfect, has won 21 of 35 career starts while earning $285,000. He is owned by Robert L. Cole, who claimed him for $6,250 last Oct. 13 at Penn National.