06/08/2004 11:00PM

Report: Calder horse not rabid

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The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta has reported it found no sign of rabies in tissue samples from a 2-year-old colt who was euthanized at Calder after developing severe neurological symptoms on May 20.

Tissue from the colt, Truly Proud, who was trained by Bill Cesare, was originally sent to the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, where pathologists said they had found signs of the rabies virus in the horse's brain. Additional tests by the Florida Department of Agriculture were inconclusive, prompting examination by the Centers for Disease Control.

"The report issued by the CDC is final and official," said Dr. Mary Scollay, track veterinarian at Calder. "Which means the actual cause of this horse's death remains undetermined."