No. 100 still equals zero for 13-year-old `Zippy'

Gelding rears, finishes last in latest try for victory

Horse Racing

September 11, 2004|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. - In his 100th attempt to win a thoroughbred race, Zippy Chippy finished last yesterday at the Northampton Fair in Massachusetts.

The 13-year-old gelding reared at the break, losing any chance of winning the race of "about five furlongs" - the official distance - at this tight-turned, half-mile track.

Zippy Chippy's 100th loss without a win places him five behind the North American record for futility by a thoroughbred. Thrust lost 105 races without winning in the 1950s.

Felix Monserrate, Zippy Chippy's trainer and owner, vanned the horse the 4 1/2 hours from his base at the Finger Lakes racetrack in upstate New York for the race. Because of his hapless record, Zippy Chippy has been banned from racing at Finger Lakes.

Despite his 0-99 mark entering the $3,100 race for maidens, Zippy Chippy, popular with the betting public, went off at odds of 7-2, co-second choice with two other horses in the field of eight. His slow break from the 7 post ensured a wide trip. He mounted a brief challenge down the backstretch but then quickly faded to last.

A 4-year-old gelding named Biggs won and a 3-year-old gelding named Patuxent Wind finished second. They were making their eighth and 10th starts, respectively. Monserrate said Zippy Chippy might make his 101st next weekend when Northampton's 10-day fair meet concludes.

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