The death of America’s most hopeless racehorse was announced this weekend, just a few days short of his 31st birthday. Zippy Chippy ran 100 races in total – and got absolutely nowhere in every single one of them.
His first race was back in 1994 and he ran with no success for over four years. Then, in a race on September 8th 1998, when every other horse broke from the starting gates, Zippy just stood quietly in his stall, watching them run. He was banned from the sport at that point.
A year later, his owner persuaded a much lower racing circuit to let him back in. Zippy’s success rate stayed at zero, but his popularity began to grow as people came out specially to watch him lose. In 2001, a race was arranged against a local baseball star, just so Zippy could get one win under his belt. Alas, he even lost that race. By more than three lengths.
Zippy Chippy was retired after his 100th race, in 2004, to a racehorse retirement home. Such was his local fame that the money raised from Zippy merch and visitors coming just to see him paid for another 22 horses’ retirement costs.