Spooked Race Horse Crushes Rider at Golden Gate Fields

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    A horse race at Hollywood Park.

    An exercise rider at Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley was killed Sunday morning when a spooked horse flipped over and fell on top of him, a publicity manager for the racetrack said.

    The filly was being led out of the barn at about 6 a.m. when something spooked her, causing her to flip over and fall on the 58-year-old
    exercise rider, according to publicity manager Tom Farrell.

    The horse did not appear to have been injured.

    "It's a tragic accident," Farrell said. "It's very sad."

    The racetrack is located at 1100 Eastshore Highway just off Interstate Highway 80 and Interstate Highway 580.