Trainer says Zippy Chippy finished for the year

On 100-race skid, gelding might make return in '05

September 19, 2004|By Tom Keyser

Zippy Chippy, the 13-year-old gelding who has lost 100 straight races, won't race again this year, said Felix Monserrate, his trainer and owner.

Based at Finger Lakes in upstate New York, Monserrate said he wasn't happy with Zippy Chippy's two races this summer at Northampton Fair in Massachusetts. Zippy Chippy lost both, finishing last and next-to-last, for losses No. 99 and 100 without a victory.

Monserrate said he might race Zippy Chippy again next year, but only if he can train the horse adequately. Zippy Chippy's futility has gotten him barred from racing and training at Finger Lakes. Monserrate said he might try training the horse at a farm near the track.

The record for most losses without a win in North America is 105, held by Thrust, a gelding who raced in the 1950s.

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