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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Zippy Chippy Making Headlines Again, On the Move to Kentucky

Remember the lovable loser Zippy Chippy? The gelding earned a measure of fame for failing to find the winner’s circle in 100 career starts over 11 years on the track from 1994 to 2004 (although he did hit the board 20 times). Despite his less-than-stellar record, he developed a larger following than any other maiden horse and grabbed national headlines when he ran exhibition races against a minor league baseball player and a Standardbred.

The now 21-year-old is part of the Old Friends exchange program, and he is on the move from the Old Friends Cabin Creek facility in Greenfield Center, New York, to spend the summer at the Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement center in Georgetown, Kentucky. In exchange, multiple Grade 1 winner Commentator will go from Kentucky to New York, not far from Saratoga Race Course where he won two renewals of the Grade 1 Whitney Handicap during a career with more than $2 million in earnings.

"This must be the worst trade since the Red Sox sent Babe Ruth to the Yankees," joked Old Friends founder and president Michael Blowen. "Actually, Zippy, whose motto is 'winners don't always finish first,' has a huge fan base here in Kentucky, and we're all looking forward to having him with us in Georgetown."


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