Can you imagine that this horse was claimed October 13, 2010 for 6250 and today goes for his 19th straight win in 2011 at Laurel.
from the Daily Racing Form:
Three weeks after breaking one modern-day United States record, the remarkable 5-year-old gelding Rapid Redux is targeting another in Tuesday’s sixth race at Laurel Park.
As a follow-up to his 20th consecutive win last month at Mountaineer Racetrack, Rapid Redux will attempt to tie the modern-day U.S. record for victories in a calendar year, currently shared by Triple Crown winner Citation (1948) and Hall of Famer Roseben (1905) at 19.
Rapid Redux, 18 for 18 this season, will break from the rail under J.D. Acosta while facing six rivals in a 1 1/16-mile starter allowance for horses who have started for a claiming price of $5,000 or less the past two seasons.
“It is typical about what we have been running against,” said owner Robert Cole. “We have to go out and win one more. It is not going to last forever. We just hope Tuesday isn’t our day to get beat. I know it can happen at any time.”
The biggest threat to Rapid Redux appears to be deep closer No Brakes, a 6-year-old who has won 6 of 15 starts this season and is taking a sharp class drop following back-to-back good efforts against second-level optional $25,000 claiming company. In his last appearance in the starter allowance ranks, No Brakes romped by 8 1/2 lengths at Charles Town, earning an 85 Beyer Speed Figure that resembles the consistent numbers Rapid Redux has posted in his last five starts (83-85-89-87-85).
“We have to go with the game plan, which is going to the lead,” said Acosta, who has been aboard six times during the streak.