The cult racehorse of the USA Zippy Chippy died at the age of 30. Zippy Chippy became famous because in 100 gallop races he was never the first who cross the finish line. This made him a style icon and a crowd favorite.
The bay gelding was born in 1991. He officially competed in 100 races in his career and won none of them. This was not due to his lack of talent. Because even when he was in front and could have won, he didn’t want to. He made nonsense, threw the rider off or simply braked.
Sometimes it already started in the starting box. He just stayed in it or let his competitors have a huge lead. As a result, betting on him was forbidden and he was excluded from many races. Only on the track in Northampton Fair was he still allowed to start.
At the time, owner Felix Monserrate hoped for great things when he traded his Ford for this horse. Due to his great pedigree with horses like Man o’War, La Troienne and Ben Brush, a great racing career was actually preprogrammed.
Zippy Chipy wrote career, but differently than Felix Monserrate hoped for. The unique way of the horse and the consistency to lose made him the most popular loser in racing. During his “career” he was included in the list of the most interesting personalities of the year in 2000 and a book was written about him.
He finished his last race in 2004 and a few months later he retired. At the age of 19 he moved into his residence in Cabin Creek. Last week, a few days before his 31st birthday, he died. Many people are saddened by his death. Cabain Creek Farm said goodbye with the words: “Run free Zipster, til we meet again.”
Source: pferde revue