Two prized racehorses were stolen from their stables in Italy
Talk about a night mare!
A pair of prized Standardbred horses were grabbed by thieves from their stables in Pisa on Tuesday, Reuters reported, in what one lawmaker called a “death blow to the entire horse-racing industry.”
One of them, a mare nicknamed the “Blonde Bombshell,” was recently dubbed the “best 3-year trotter in Italy,” by the United States Trotting Association, the American governing body for trotting, or buggy-racing around a track without actually galloping. The filly has reportedly won over $550,000 in earnings since she began competing and is the reigning champion of the Italian Trotting Derby.
The other, a two-year-old colt called Vampire Dany, comes from prizewinning origins: his father Varenne is regarded by some commentators as among the best racing trotters ever. The stallion earned over $6 million across his career and was beloved by fans of trotting.
They don’t horse around with gambling in Italy. Indeed, the theft of two horses on their way to millions in earnings robs punters of the closest they might get to a sure thing. Between 2009 and 2014, Italian gambling revenue collapsed by nearly three-quarters to 500 million euros annually, according to agriculture ministry data pulled by Reuters. Given the spotlight shone on the disappearance of Vampire Dany and Blonde Bombshell, Italian authorities are expecting a ransom demand instead of a black market sale.
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