05/24/2002 11:00PM

Rabid horse dies at Penn National


A horse infected with rabies died at Penn National Race Course on May 12. Bold Naskra, a 7-year-old horse in trainer Bruno Bellucci's barn, showed symptoms of rabies and was placed in quarantine before he died. As a precaution, two stable employees were given rabies shots.

Bellucci claimed Bold Naskra for $10,000 at Philadelphia Park on April 8. He ran fourth at that track in his last start on April 28.

According to a veterinarian at Penn National, Bold Naskra was probably bitten by a rabid wild animal that had gotten into the barn, such as a skunk, raccoon, or fox. Because of the long incubation period for rabies, it is unclear whether the horse was bitten during his monthlong stay at Penn National or when he was still stabled at Philadelphia Park.