Through a FOIA request to the California Horse Racing Board, I have obtained the following details on 2 of that state’s 64 kills last year (previous ones here).
Silver Lyric, Jun 7, Golden Gate T
“Sudden death on track while galloping, no corneal reflex present when vet [arrived] – cause of death unknown.” Also: “stomach ulceration.” Silver was four years old.
Famous Miss Kitty, Dec 31, Los Alamitos R
“[Multiple – at least five] fractures; [multiple] ruptures; severe, extensive hemorrhage.” Also: “palmar osteochondral disease [both forelimbs]; stomach ulceration.” Famous was but two years old. The report also noted: “Early degenerative changes (e.g. subchondral sclerosis), like in this case, resulting from repetitive impact trauma by racing or training, are thought to precede the fractures of the carpal bones.”