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Rapid record-breakeris retired.

Byline: Nicholas Godfrey

THE remarkable record-breaking geldingRapid Reduxwillnever get the chance to match the all-time US winning streak for consecutive victories after connectionsdecidedto retirehim withoutanotherrace.

The spit-and-sawdust superstar, whose winning streak of 22 represents a new mark for consecutive US victories since 1900,hasbeenoffthetrackfor morethanfourmonthssincehis most recentvictoryatLaurelon January4. However, instead of coming backinabidtomatch Leviathan, who won 23 successive races between1797and1801,Rapid Reduxistobe retirednextweek tothe KentuckyHorse Parkin Lexington .

"He's perfect right now and we want him to stay that way," said the six-year-old's owner Robert Cole, speaking tothe Baltimore Sun"Whyriskhaving himgetbeat?" Cole claimed Rapid Redux, whoseexploitsearnedaSpecial Eclipse Award for 2010, forjust $6,250 at Penn National in October2011,sincewhenhehas won24ofhis25races,scoring at seven different tracks at distancesfrom5fto1m1 f.

Trainedby PennNational-based David Wells,Rapid Redux habitually competed in cheap, low-gradestarter-allowanceraces on the low-tier mid-Atlantic circuit.

Kepttothismilieu,hewonall 19ofhisstartslastyeartomatch thefeatofthe TripleCrownwinner Citation in 1948. During that sequence,healsosurpassedthe modern-dayUS recordmarkof19 straightwinsachievedbyZenyatta andPeppersPride.

Rapid Redux'swinningstreak of 22 is the highest in North AmericasinceCamarerosethis world recordof56inPuertoRico between1953and1955.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 19, 2012
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