LAUREL, MD - JANUARY 04: Jockey J.D. Acosta aboard Rapid Redux #3 pulls away from Awesome Rhythm and jockey Dyn Panell to win the 6th race at Laurel Park for the horses 22nd consecutive victory on January 4, 2012 in Laurel, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Rapid Redux held off a long, grinding run from rival Awesome Rhythm to win his 22nd race in a row this afternoon at Laurel Park. (Chart via DRF.com) Taking command of the race right from the start, Rapid Redux carved out splits of 24.14 and 47.57 for the first half of his mile long journey. Awesome Rhythm, second to Rapid Redux in their last start back on Dec. 13th, stalked the leader from second, three lengths clear of his nearest rival. At the top of the stretch, Rapid Redux had expanded his lead to a couple of lengths, but Awesome Rhythm would make him earn this victory as he kept pounding away through the final furlong. Ultimately, Awesome Rhythm would come up three-quarters of a length short.
Five scratches left the $5,000 Starter Allowance field with just five runners.
Rapid Redux went off at odds of 4/10, and paid $2.80, $2.10, and $2.10. The $2 Rapid Redux/Awesome Rhythm exacta, the same finish as their race just under a month ago, returned $5.00.
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