Hours after the NTRA announced a Special Eclipse Award for Rapid Redux, the streaking Thoroughbred won his 22nd consecutive race Jan. 4 at Laurel Park. Trained by David Wells at Penn National, the son of Pleasantly Perfect’s victory extended the modern record for consecutive victories to a third calendar year. Owned by Marylander Robert Cole, the 6-year-old started the streak Dec. 2, 2010 at Penn National, and added another victory at that track nine days later. In 2011, he went 19-for-19 to tie the single-year mark set by Citation and Roseben, and mirrored that success to start 2012.
- Horses from the estate of the late Maryland sportsman Cary Jackson made up a second dispersal in December. Then 15-year-old mare Carna, sold in foal to Lemon Drop Kid, brought the estate’s top price, at $60,000 and was the highest priced mare excluding those from Flying Zee Stable.
Carna was one of eight horses sent through the ring for the estate. Seven sold. Marshall Silverman, who had known Jackson since childhood and regularly sold horses for the longtime breeder over the past decade, was agent for the consignment.
- In his 12th start of 2011, veteran campaigner Whistle Pig found the winner’s circle and inched closer to millionaire status when he rallied from off the pace to win an optional claimer by a half-length Nov. 25. The victory was the 17th in his lifetime, and along the way he’d won seven stakes, including consecutive runnings of the Leematt and Presidentialaffair, and placed in 11 more.
Bred in Pennsylvania by Betsy Houghton, Whistle Pig raced for most of his career for H.A.C.K. Stable and trainer Andy Carter. The son of Patton raced through 2011 before retiring with a record of 17-18-13 from 62 starts, with total earnings of $999,497.