Rapid Redux wins 2011 Secretariat “Vox Populi” Award!

In 2010, the great racemare Zenyatta was celebrated as the inaugural winner of the Secretariat “Vox Populi” Award, which annually recognizes the horse that brought the most excitement and attention to the sport. The new tradition of naming America’s most popular race horse continues with 2011 winner Rapid Redux.

Rapid Redux, who recently set a modern-era record with 22 consecutive wins by a U.S. horse and tied the great Citation with 19 wins in a single season, has been selected to receive the 2011 Secretariat Vox Populi, or “Voice of the People,” Award. The award recognizes the horse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the American public and gained recognition for Thoroughbred racing.

Although all of this year’s Vox Populi nominees received generous support, the 5-year-old chestnut colt ultimately emerged as the top choice across the board of the three determining bodies – online voters, the Vox Populi Committee and Mrs. Penny Chenery, who established the award last year. Among thousands of online voters from more than 30 countries, 39% chose Rapid Redux, while the other contenders — Goldikova, Havre de Grace and Uncle Mo — split the remaining votes.

“The goal of thoroughbred horse racing is to win races,” said Mrs. Chenery. “In each race, no matter what amount of money the winner receives, what the distance of the race or the surface it is run on, one horse wins. And that’s what we are all trying to do with our stable – win races so that feed bills can be paid and the costs of keeping the endeavor afloat can continue. Thousands of races are staged in America every year for every level of competition and thousands of horses win them, but rarely the same horse.

So for one horse to beat his field 19 times in one year is flat out phenomenal. For that we honor Rapid Redux today. We also honor his people who put him in a position to win each time, a rare and valuable skill. Rapid Redux and his team are a rare blend of ability and prudence. They never ran him over his head and he never failed to pull it off. Well done to all!”

The custom-made Vox Populi trophy will be awarded to Rapid Redux’s owner, Robert L. Cole Jr., and trainer, David J. Wells, Jan. 15 at Santa Anita Park in a public ceremony featuring an autograph signing, video presentation, and special guest appearance by Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay.

2011 Secretariat “Vox Populi” Award committee members:

Charlsie Cantey – Long-time national television horse racing commentator

Steve Cauthen – Hall of Fame jockey and 1978 Triple Crown winner aboard Affirmed

Mark Ciardi – Mayhem Pictures, Producer of 2010 Disney Studio’s film “Secretariat”

Ed Seigenfeld – former Executive Vice President at Triple Crown Productions

Eric Wing – NTRA Senior Director of Media Relations

Amy Zimmerman – Executive Producer, HRTV and Producer for NBC and ESPN racing telecasts