09/04/2003 12:00AM

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Zippy Chippy will try for the 98th time to earn his first victory when he starts in a $3,100 maiden special weight race Saturday at Northampton Fair in Massachusetts. A 12-year-old gelding, Zippy Chippy finished eighth in his only other start this year for owner- trainer Felix Monserrate, at Thistledown in April. . . . Fighting Fit has been pensioned from stud duty at Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona, Calif., after showing signs of joint arthritis in both hind ankles. A 23-year-old who was third in the inaugural Breeders' Cup Sprint in 1984, Fighting Fit (by Full Pocket out of Napalm) is the sire of graded stakes winners Fighting Fantasy and Lady Sonata and Grade 1-placed Delta Lady.