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Zipse At The Track

Who Am I ???

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*Bred in Kentucky, both my sire and broodmare sire were among the favorites in their respective Kentucky Derby runs.


*I made my debut at two for a trainer who had the Horse of the Year seven years earlier.


*My first race was a winning one, when I easily handled the 2-5 favorite going six furlongs at Belmont Park.


*I became a graded stakes winner in my next start, when I rolled over a field of twelve at a different racetrack.


*My final race as a juvenile was my first defeat, although only by a nose.

*The horses that ran first and third that day both went on to become Grade 1 winners.

*I was an impressive winner of my sophomore debut, which was the first time I was made the favorite.

*Off that graded stakes score, a majority interest in me was sold to high profile owners. 

*I was made the 6-5 choice in a Grade 1 race in my first start for my new owners.

*I had my first disappointing performance in that one, finishing fourth by nearly four lengths.

*Unfortunately, I came out of a workout a few weeks later with an ankle injury, and would never race again.

You should know by now … Who Am I ???


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Meet Brian Zipse 

Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 

The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as co-hosting the popular racing show, HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves as the President of The Exceller Fund.

Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars, is both a Hall of Fame and NTRA poll voter, and is a Vox Populi committee member. 

A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.


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