The Legend of Zippy Chippy
Life Lessons From Horse Racing's Most Lovable LoserBook - 2015
On April 20, 1991, at Capritaur Farms in Upstate New York, Zippy Chippy strolled into the world. He was born from American horse racing royalty. Even before his birth, the hopes for Zippy Chippy were high. His pedigree was horse racing gold: Northern Dancer, Man o' War, Count Fleet, Bold Ruler, War Admiral, and Buckpasser were all ancestors. His success and glory seemed inevitable. But since his first moments in the world, Zippy Chippy ignored Vince Lombardi's famous admonition that "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." and turned his nose at the concept of winning-at-all-costs. In fact, he decided to not win at all, losing, over the course of his career, 100 consecutive races at some of the greatest tracks in the country. And he did so with his owner, Felix Monserrate, by his side -- a man who refused to sell Zippy, or even retire him, simply because he couldn't come in first. Soon, Zippy's cheering squad grew to include people who, enchanted by his story, would travel from all over North America to watch him lose, then happily gallop back to his stable. To them, Zippy Chippy was just like them; someone who wasn't an athlete with a million-dollar contract, or someone with movie star looks -- he was a creature who struggled, who lost, and who found a way to enjoy himself and eagerly return for the next race. Told with laugh-out-loud wit and a lot of heart, The Legend of Zippy Chippy is the story of the losing-est racehorse in North American history -- a perpetual loser who would become the winning thoroughbred in professional horse racing to steal peoples' hearts.
Publisher: [Canada] : McClelland & Stewart, ©2015
Branch Call Number: 798.4 THO 2015
Characteristics: 284 pages,  unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, genealogical tables ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Life lessons from horse racing's most lovable loser