Five-year-old gelding Rapid Redux scored his 19th straight victory Thursday at Maryland's Laurel Park, tying the modern North American record held by reigning Horse of the Year Zenyatta and Peppers Pride.
Rapid Redux is now 17 for 17 this year after beating four challengers in a $7,500 starter allowance race under jockey J.D. Acosta.
"I didn't want to make any mistakes," Acosta told track officials. "It was really in intense moment. You don't want to do anything wrong. You want to be a part of history."
Owned by Robert Cole Jr. and trained by David Wells, Rapid Redux paid $2.40 for the victory as the overwhelming favorite in the sixth race.
Rapid Redux completed the seven furlongs on a muddy track in 1 minute, 24:07 seconds, leading from start to finish and defeating Rich Hero by about three lengths. Rapid Redux earned $11,400 for the victory.
"I'm kind of freaked out," Cole told track officials. "It was a little tougher than I was expecting. We got it done, and I'm very thankf...