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Zippy Chippy.                 more selected entries

Racehorse foaled in New York State on 20 Apr 1991. He started his racing career in 1994, never placing better than third in 11 starts. Fearing the horse would end up at the meat market, trainer Felix Monserrate traded an old horse van for the winless gelding in 1995. Zippy Chippy continued to lose, and in 1998, after he refused to leave the starting gate for the third time, officials at Finger Lakes Racetrack in Farmington (Ontario Co), his home base, banned him from racing there. Racing at tracks outside of New York State proved no easier; at a Northampton, Mass, track on 6 Sept 1999, he lost his 86th consecutive race, setting the record for lost races among thoroughbreds. His record won him throngs of fans and a spot in People magazine's list of the 50 most fascinating personalities in 2000. Despite his losses, he had accumulated $29,167 in winnings by placing second in 7 races and third in 12 races through 2001. Although winless against horses, Zippy Chippy won his first race in August 2001, when he narrowly defeated a Rochester Red Wings baseball player in a 120 ft (37 m) race. In December 2004 Monserrate announced that he was retiring the horse from racing. Zippy Chippy, who finished with 100 losses, was to become an outrider pony at the Finger Lakes Racetrack in 2005.

Kane, Mike. "He Just Can't Win," The Blood-Horse, 10 Oct 1998, 5582

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