09/12/2003 12:00AM

Zippy Chippy to try again


Buoyed by one of his strongest performances in years, infamous maiden Zippy Chippy will try to win for the first time in his 99th race Sunday at the Three County Fair at Northampton, Mass.

The 12-year-old Zippy Chippy finished second last Saturday and came as close to ending his losing streak as he has in several seasons when he opened up a five-length lead at one point only to tire in the last furlong.

Jockey Willie Belmonte will ride Zippy Chippy in the five-furlong maiden special weight event carded as the second race on the Sunday program - the closing day for the fair meet. Howard Lanci was aboard for last week's effort but was injured last Sunday in a spill.

Zippy Chippy, who will start from post 2 in a field of eight fellow maidens, has been the subject of national notoriety for his owner and trainer Felix Monserrate. While he has never won a race against Thoroughbreds, he has been a part of exhibition races with Standardbreds and minor-league baseball players.