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Protests follow another death of racehorse at Golden Gate Fields

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Direct Action Everywhere, an animal rights group, held a demonstration Saturday in response to the death of racehorse Lexcellent. The horse died at the track April 8th according to the Equine Fatalities page of the California Horse Racing Board.

The funeral-style protest featured tombstones, smoke flares, and other visual elements, organizers said.

The protest was "in tribute to the unconsenting athletes whose extreme stress, horrific injuries, and frequent deaths are, according to activists, downplayed by the profit-driven racing industry," Cassie King, a member of the animal rights group, said in an email.

Her organization is asking for local residents to support a shutdown of the track, King said.

Five racehorses are listed as having died this year at the Golden Gate Fields racetrack, according to the California Horse Racing Board website.

The board, which tracks racing horse fatalities, has taken measures that have reduced deaths at California tracks by more than 50 percent over the past three years, spokesperson Mike Marten told Bay City News Service in March.

One of those has been a requirement that every horse is reviewed by an expert panel to determine its fitness for a race.

Sunni M. Khalid is a veteran of more than 40 years in journalism, having worked in print, radio, television, and web journalism.