04/19/2005 11:00PM

Alex Trebek sued over mare's fate

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A California horse owner has sued Creston Farm owner and "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek for the alleged disappearance of the broodmare Bebetrando.

According to the San Luis Obispo Tribune, Marion Warner filed a suit March 16 in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court alleging that Trebek's Creston Farms "sold, traded, gifted, or otherwise disposed of" Bebetrando, a 3-year-old Bertrando mare, who was scheduled to be bred at Creston.

In a statement released to the Tribune, Trebek said Bebetrando was euthanized by a veterinarian after becoming ill, but Warner alleges that the dead horse's description did not match that of her mare.

"There is no truth to the allegations," Trebek's statement said. "I fully expect that the lawsuit will be withdrawn."