Retirement Home Sought for Thoroughbred Rapid Redux

As retirement looms for Rapid Redux, the trainer of the horse that tied Citation's modern day record for most wins in a year and broke the U.S. record for consecutive wins is seeking a retirement home for the 5-year-old gelding.

David Wells, who trained Rapid Redux to win 19 races in 2011 and 22 of 23 since being claimed on behalf of Robert Cole Jr. for $6,250 in October 2010, said Rapid Redux will make one or two starts in 2012 before being retired.

"I didn't want to race him anymore but he came out of that last race sound, so we will race him one or two more times and then retire him," Wells said.

In seeking a permanent retirement home for Rapid Redux, Wells said he would like for it to be a facility where the gelding is exposed to the public and a place where his on-the-track exploits can help generate publicity for retirement centers. A son of Pleasantly Perfect, Rapid Redux has won 27 of 41 career starts and earned $351,919.

So far, Wells said, he has been contacted by CANTER South Carolina and Old Friends, and through a third party by representatives of the Kentucky Horse Park.

"I want to try to use him to help the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation somehow," Wells said. "If there is a way to generate publicity for other horses, (we'd like to). I am just trying to figure out how to market him for retirement."

As far as Rapid Redux's accomplishments this year, Wells said he believes it is legitimate for his horse, who did most of his winning at the starter allowance level, to be included in the Horse of the Year conversation.

"The thing about this horse is that he has shown up every time, and you can't say that about the other horses (being considered for Horse of the Year honors)," Wells said. "He has barely been headed. The award is called 'Horse of the Year' not 'Elite Horse of the Year.' "

Wells said even if Rapid Redux is denied racing's top honor, he hopes the horse is honored in some way for his efforts in 2011.

Rapid Redux is one of four horses in the running for the "Secretariat Vox Populi Award." Created by Secretariat's owner, Penny Chenery, the Vox Populi, or "Voice of the People," Award recognizes the racehorse whose popularity and racing excellence resounded most with the American public and gained recognition for the sport during the past year. Other finalists are Goldikova, Havre de Grace, and Uncle Mo.

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Ron Mitchell is Online Managing Editor for The Blood-Horse magazine. A Lexington native, Mitchell joined The Blood-Horse after serving in editorial capacities with The Thoroughbred Record and Thoroughbred Times, specializing in business and auction aspects of the industry, and was editor-in-chief of the award-winning Horsemen’s Journal. As online managing editor, Mitchell works closely with The Blood-Horse news editor and other departments to make sure the website content is the most thorough and accurate source for all Thoroughbred news, results, videos, and data.

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