And They’re Off!

On Saturday, September 5th, the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby will take place at Churchill Downs. The thoroughbreds will be at their finest. This year, spectators will gather around TVs to cheer on their favorite horse, hoping it will win.

In honor of the Kentucky Derby, I give you the story of another thoroughbred, descended from legendary bloodlines, that ran in many well-known races. The True Story of Zippy Chippy:  The Little Horse that Couldn’t is artfully told by Artie Bennett with playful illustrations by Dave Szalay. With all the characteristics of a prize-winning thoroughbred, Zippy Chippy could have won fame as a top contender in racing. The fact that Zippy had a mind of his own proved to be a deterrent in running a race. His owner never knew what Zippy would do. When racing at Belmont Park where the Belmont Stakes take place, Zippy stopped in the middle of the track to take in the smells of the day. He stuck out his tongue at people, chewed on people’s hats, bit other horses. After nineteen straight losses, Zippy’s owner sold him to a horse trainer, Felix Monserrate, who was determined to make Zippy a winner. Felix quickly realized Zippy was big trouble. He bit Felix, bucked off his riders, and broke out of his stall. Because of Zippy’s bad behavior, Zippy was banned from top race tracks. After losing seventy straight races and refusing to leave the starting gate after three tries, Zippy was forbidden from racing at all race tracks. Felix didn’t give up on Zippy. He found a race track that was willing to let Zippy race, but Zippy continued to lose. In an odd reversal, spectators began to take notice of Zippy and cheer him on – even betting on him to win! Zippy’s career ended with zero wins and one-hundred losses! Artie Bennett wasn’t horsing around when he wrote about this delightfully mischievous horse. Using clever wordplay, humor, and heartfelt feelings, this book will appeal to animal lovers everywhere.

We can’t all be winners, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be loved and admired!

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One Comment on “And They’re Off!”

  1. Evie Says:

    Oh, this book sounds delightful! He must’ve had a lot of fun doing it his way! Can’t wait to read this!!!
    (After all, running is fun. So is sniffing the air. Who cares about winning? Winning is some silly human construct . . . )

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