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Synopsis: Zippy Chippy is descended from the leading legends of horse racing. He is destined for greatness and glory.

But . . . when the starting bell rings, it’s anybody’s guess what Zippy will do. Will Zippy go for a gentle trot around the track or stop and smell the roses? Or, perhaps, never even leave the starting gate?!

With mischief in his makeup, he’s known to stick his tongue out at people and chew up the hats of passersby. And he’s always trying to break out of his stall. What’s an owner to do? Try and try again! After all, he believes in Zippy–and, besides, the horse is now a part of the family. But as Zippy’s losses mount, a funny thing happens. People start to take notice of the hapless, cupcake-eating horse. Could it be that they’re betting on Zippy to win?

This remarkable story of the famed racehorse who lost every race is sure to win your heart!


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Director's Bio

He has an irregular passion for regular exercise and enjoys rollerblading (though, sadly, he’ll never learn to brake), tooling his bike around Prospect Park, playing squash, and practicing hatha yoga, which, as you know, is better than no yoga at all. He’s also an eager swimmer and has even coined a term, laphappy, to characterize the swimmer’s high he strives for.

At college, he took up running, enjoying daily five-mile jogs through the picturesque Athens countryside. Though it never struck him as a contradiction, he simultaneously took up smoking. He recalls that he would take a pack of Kool Ultra 100s with him as he set off on a jog. Should he get stranded some distance away, he could have a smoke or two on his leisurely walk back. He gave up the cigarettes decades ago but still enjoys the occasional run.

Artie Bennett is active in a local Toastmasters chapter (listen to “Bigfoot’s Afoot!” or watch “Aba Daba Daba,” “I’m Inspired,” or “W.C. Fields and Me,” or the spooky “Friends: A Ghost Story”) and has developed a fondness for speechifying, orating, and declaiming. He’s delivered several speeches and has been showered, alternately, with overflowing accolades and overripe tomatoes.

He’s a jazz aficionado but also enjoys classical music, show tunes, folk music, and more. Years ago, he took up both the flute and the mandolin, but put them down before he could make beautiful music.

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