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October 8, 2011

Tuesday Racing Added to Schedule Next Week for the Remainder of the Fall Meeting

Posted in: Press Releases by Shawn Short on October 8, 2011 at 5:50 pm

LAUREL, MD. 10-07-11—Laurel Park will add Tuesday to its live racing schedule next week for the remainder of the fall meeting.

Live racing will be conducted at the central Maryland track on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday through Saturday, December 17, except next week when Laurel cards a special nine-race card on Monday, October 10 (Columbus day) instead of Wednesday, October 12.

RAPID REDUX ENTERED AS MAIN TRACK ONLY RUNNER IN TUESDAY’S 5TH RACE

Rapid Redux, who has won 17 consecutive starts to move to within two of the all-time North American record of 19 straight victories held by Zenyatta and Pepper’s Pride, has been entered as a main track only runner in Tuesday 5th race at Laurel Park, a $18,000 starter allowance scheduled on the turf.

Rain is not in the forecast until Wednesday so it is unlikely the race will come off the grass.

Towson native Robert Cole claimed the son of Pleasantly Perfect nearly one year ago at Penn National for $6,250 and has watched the gelding win 18 of 19 races with earnings of $210,609, the majority in starter allowance company. He is a perfect 15-of-15 in 2011. Rapid Redux has won at seven different distances from five-furlongs to 1 1/8 miles.

Cole indicated Rapid Redux would likely be entered in a $25,000 starter allowance at 1 1/8 miles, scheduled for Friday, October 14 at Charles Town and a $17,000 starter allowance race at one mile at Laurel Park to be run Saturday, October 15. Maryland Jockey Club racing secretary Georganne Hale also has a $17,000 starter allowance race at five-furlongs in her condition book for Tuesday, October 18.

The win-streak began on Dec. 2, 2010 at Penn National. Since then Cole and trainer David Wells have sent their star to seven different tracks, including Laurel Park and Timonium in Maryland, using seven different riders. J.D. Acosta, who has been aboard four of the victories during the streak, is named to ride Tuesday.

LEATHERBURY STILL SEEKING INVESTOR TO SEND BEN’S CAT TO BREEDERS’ CUP TURF SPRINT

Six days after Ben’s Cat won his second consecutive Maryland Million Turf Sprint, owner/trainer/breeder King Leatherbury is still looking for an investor to flip the bill on a $100,000 supplemental fee for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G2) at Churchill Downs on November 5.

The five-year-old captured the Turf Monster Handicap (G3) at Parx Racing on Labor Day, which earned an automatic berth into the $ 1 million race as part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” series. However, the son of Parker’s Storm Cat is not Breeders’ Cup nominated.

“There’s some interest but nothing to confirm,” said Leatherbury, who ranks third on the all-time win list with 6,327 career victories. “I am thinking it will heat up next week.”

Ben’s Cat has won 13 of 18 starts, including seven on the turf, with lifetime earnings of $733,230.