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Dec 09, 2011

Rapid Redux goes for record tying win


Laurel, MD (Sports Network) - Five-year-old thoroughbred Rapid Redux goes after one of the oldest records in horse racing this coming Tuesday. The Robert Cole-owned gelding will attempt for his 19th victory of the year.

Rapid Redux, trained by David Wells, has won 20 straight starts, including 18 this year. He will start in Tuesday's sixth race at Laurel Park, a $17,000 starter allowance.

The current record of 19 wins in a single year is held by Hall of Fame member Citation who accomplished the feat in 1948 when he swept the Triple Crown.

"Citation is one of the all-time greats, just to be mentioned in the same sentence is unbelievable," Cole said. "The Citation record has stood for more than 60 years so I would like to get a part of that and possibly break it before the end of the month. That record might be more impressive, not that the consecutive record isn't, because how a horse can win 19 races in one calendar year is like going to another galaxy on a space ship. It is beyond imagination."

For Tuesday's race the gelding will again have J.D. Acosta in the saddle and the pair will start from the rail post. The starter allowance will be contested at a distance of 1 1/16-miles with six challengers set to face Rapid Redux on Laurel's main track.

Cole's horse has earned $202,894 this year and $342,229 overall in a career with 26 wins in 40 starts.

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