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Topic - Robert Cole
Rapid Redux's trainer, David Wells, watched as his horse came down the stretch Tuesday with Awesome Rhythm chasing him close. He started to walk away instead of watching the end.
Rapid Redux has made plenty of history in recent weeks — setting a record with 21 wins in a row and 19 in 2011, tying a record. But breaking that mark of victories in a calendar year would require another race, and his owner is unsure if that will happen.
Rapid Redux does nothing but win. He did it again Tuesday, as the 5-year-old won his 19th race of the season to tie the U.S. record set by Citation in 1948.
On Tuesday at nearby Laurel Park, Rapid Redux will try to tie the modern U.S. record for wins in a year with 19, a mark set by the great Citation in 1948.
"Durability is his greatest trait and his gameness through the stretch, not letting people go past him," owner Robert Cole said. "He actually trains that way. When he's out on the track in the mornings, he doesn't want anybody to go by him. That's why the horse wins each time is because he's determined not to let anyone go by him."
"The way we're planning it is if he's healthy, he's going to run," Cole said. "If he's not healthy, we're not going to run him. We hope that he wins each time he's healthy."