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A Maiden race horse
is the term that refers to a race horse that has yet to win a single race. The races are generally run for younger more inexperienced horses at two and three. However, many maidens never "break their maiden", and will continue to race at later ages, often retiring winless.
Zippy Chippy is a thoroughbred race horse, who is most notable for being winless in 100 races.Zippy Chippy's pedigree included several famous horses, including: Ben Brush, Buckpasser, Busanda, Bold Ruler, Count Fleet, Man o' War, Nasrullah, Native Dancer, Northern Dancer, Round Table, Tom Fool,...
is among the most famous maidens of all time, going 0 for 100 in his career. Maiden races are not necessarily for less talented horses, just less proven ones. For instance, maiden races at prestigious tracks like Saratoga
Saratoga Race Course is a Thoroughbred horse racing track in Saratoga Springs, New York, United States. It opened on August 3, 1863, and is the oldest organized sporting venue of any kind in the United States. It is typically open for racing from late July through early September.-History:John...
, Keeneland Race Course, and Santa Anita
Santa Anita Park is a thoroughbred racetrack in Arcadia, California, United States. It offers some of the prominent racing events in the United States during the winter and in spring. With its backdrop of the purple San Gabriel Mountains, it is considered by many as the world's most beautiful race...
often contain future stars of the game, as trainers unveil some of their most talented precocious horses. Furthermore, many horse players enjoy maiden races as they allegedly allow for more speculation and esoteric knowledge of racing, since maiden horses often show with few or no previous races to gauge performance.