From the My Racehorse – “Affordable Race Horse Ownership” – website on 2-year-old Ancient Royalty:
“Tristan de Meric [bloodstock agent] at the farm informed us that when finishing up his morning gallop, Ancient Royalty spooked and bolted into the rail when another horse working close by him spooked and unseated the rider. Unfortunately, when bolting into the rail Ancient Royalty suffered deep lacerations and a severed artery to his left stifle and surrounding areas, causing significant blood loss.
“Tristan and the quick-acting staff at de Meric had Ancient Royalty on the van within 5 minutes of the accident and were transporting him to the equine hospital down the road for emergency surgery when Ancient Royalty succumbed to his injuries.”
Ancient was anything but: two (barely) years old and being prepped for his first race.