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The Eighth Annual
"Hats Off to the Horses:
The Road to the Derby"

The "Zippy Chippy" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"
The “Zippy Chippy”
Hat
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The Eighth Annual
"Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby"
A Unique Online Derby Hat Auction Benefiting Old Friends

sponsored by
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Custom Derby Millinery by Sally Faith Steinmann

Featured Horse

Zippy Chippy

Zippy Chippy, the horse - Photo by Connie Bush of Tiger Eye Photography


Pedigree: Foaled in 1991 in NY; bay gelding
Sire – Compliance
; Dam – Listen Lady (Buckfinder)
Trained by: Felix Monserrate
Owner: Felix Monserrate
Breeder: Capritaur Farm
Jockey: Mike Smith, Julio Pezua, Robbie Davis, Jose Santos, Jorge Chavez, Richard Migliore, Willie Belmonte
Record: 100 Starts: 0 - 8 - 12
Career Earnings: $30,834

The most famous maiden in U.S. history. His propensity to refuse to leave the gate, bite other horses and pull himself up midrace got him banned from Finger Lakes. The only races he ever won were carnival-style exhibitions like that staged against a harness horse and minor league baseball players. Retired to outriding at Finger Lakes, 12/5/04. Retired to Old Friends at Cabin Creek, New York, in October 2010.

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Zippy Chippy, the horse - Photo by Connie Bush of Tiger Eye Photography

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Zippy Chippy at Old Friends Cabin Creek
Courtesy Old Friends website

Winners don't always finish first

Foaled at Capritaur Farm in New York, Zippy Chippy boasts a pedigree that includes Northern Dancer, Buckpasser, Bold Ruler and Round Table—some of the fastest horses of all time.

Zippy earned a different kind of fame. In 100 starts, Zippy won 0. But winners don’t always finish first. Watching Zippy rack up his 0 for 100 record became such a popular pastime that stories about him on the Blood-Horse web site got more reads than stories about Kentucky Derby winners, and in 2000 People Magazine voted Zippy Chippy one of the year’s “Most Intriguing Characters.”

Besides his 100 races against his fellow Thoroughbreds, Zippy attracted publicity by racing a few Standardbreds (trotters and pacers), and some professional baseball players, some of whom he trounced soundly. (Could it be that even the worst equine athlete can outperform the best human athletes?)

Retired from racing in 2004, Zippy had a brief second career as an outrider’s pony at his home track, Finger Lakes in New York.

In April 2010, the aging campaigner found a home at Old Friends at Cabin Creek, New York, thanks to the generous help of his longtime owner-trainer, Felix Montserrate. Zippy settled in contentedly, loving the attention of his fans.

Old Friends is honored to provide a permanent home to the mellow old warrior.

Articles about Zippy Chippy:

Zippy Chippy, 'losingest' horse, wins friends in retirement

Zippy Chippy at Old Friends Cabin Creek

Lovable loser Zippy Chippy could win big in retirement

Felix Monserrate visits Zippy at Old Friends Cabin Creek

From Equidaily Racing Journal

Zippy Chippy, the horse, with his buddy Red Down South - Photo by Connie Bush of Tiger Eye Photography

Zippy with his buddy Red (Red Down South)

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Zippy Chippy, the horse - Photo by Connie Bush of Tiger Eye Photography

Zippy Chippy

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Zippy Chippy, the horse, with his buddy Red - Photo by Connie Bush of Tiger Eye Photography
Zippy Chippy and Red

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The “Zippy Chippy” Hat by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®
The "Zippy Chippy" Hat modeled by Acacia Courtney -  photo by Connie Bush of Tiger Eye Photography

Acacia Courtney modeling
The “Zippy Chippy” Hat by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®

Special thanks to TV analyst at Gulfstream Park and former Miss Connecticut, Acacia Courtney, for helping us this month with our “Hats Off to the Horses” fundraiser that supports the retired racehorses of Old Friends in Kentucky.

Thanks also to Connie Bush of Tiger Eye Photography for her stunning images of Acacia and Zippy.

The "Zippy Chippy" Hat modeled by Acacia Courtney -  photo by Connie Bush of Tiger Eye Photography

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Special thanks to the following for their support of our annual “Hats Off to the Horses” Derby hat auctions for Old Friends:

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