Who is Urbino De Ozieri
Urbino is one of the most famous horses of the Palio di Siena, with a dark brown fur; he was born in 1973 and his debut on the square took place in 1977 with the Contrada della Chiocciola, mounted by the jockey Antonio Zedde, known as Valente.
The beginning of his career was not the best, as the horse participated in a fairly colorless run. Despite the lackluster test of the previous year, he is chosen again for the July Palio of 1978. The race was postponed by one day due to the rain, and Urbino, wearing the colors of the Selva, together with the rookie jockey Silvano Vigni called Bastiano, was certainly not among the favorites.
Urbino immediately shot for first and the horse conquered his first victory. In August of the same year, Urbino de Ozieri fell in love with the Contrada della Pantera, who chose the promising Salvatore Ladu, known as Cianchino, as a jockey. Cianchino and Urbino maintained their position by bringing the victory to the Pantera and even beating the speed record of the Palio at the time.
The horse ran again in Siena on August 16th, 1979, with the Contrada dell’Aquila and Andrea Degortes called Aceto, winning his last race.
With this Palio Urbino de Ozieri entered history, but it is precisely this moment that costs Urbino the chance to run the Palio again. The horse was in fact re-presented for the selection for seven years until 1985, but was always discarded for clear superiority over other subjects.
Urbino de Ozieri died in 2003, at the advanced age of 30 years. Today he is buried near Siena, at the Savelli stable.