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Wednesday, August 8
Losingest thoroughbred ends 90-race skid



ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Zippy Chippy, the losingest thoroughbred in North America, ended a 90-race losing streak Wednesday night by beating a two-legged challenger.

The 10-year-old gelding beat a minor league baseball player in a handicap match race billed as "Man vs. Beast II" prior to the International League game between the Rochester Red Wings and Ottawa Lynx.

Zippy Chippy beat Red Wings outfielder Darnell McDonald by a length in a 50-yard race on the outfield grass of Frontier Field.

Last Aug. 18, Rochester outfielder Jose Herrera outran Zippy Chippy in a 40-yard race.

On Wednesday night, McDonald, who appeared to break across the starting line early, held a slight lead at 40 yards, but Zippy rallied over the final 10 yards.

"I might have got him at 40 yards, but that extra 10 yards put him over the hump," said McDonald, who added that he never had lost a race to a human.

"Zippy was ready today," jockey Jorge Hiraldo said. "Last year he was a little scared."

The victory boosted Zippy Chippy's record against humans to 1-1. He holds the thoroughbred record of 89 consecutive losses against horses.

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