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Body Found At Churchill Downs Identified

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Updated: 5/06/2012 11:52 pm
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Authorities say a man whose body was
found early Sunday in a barn at Churchill Downs hours after the
Kentucky Derby worked at the racetrack.
      The victim was identified Sunday as 48-year-old Adan Fabian
Perez, a Guatemala native, according to Jo-Ann Farmer, chief deputy
coroner for Jefferson County.
      Farmer said he was identified by his 19-year-old son, who also
works at the track.
      "There's a suspicion of foul play," Farmer said Sunday
evening. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
      Louisville Metro Police say the death is being investigated as a
homicide, but that there appears to be no connection to the track.
      "At this point we don't have anything pointing to the fact that
this had any association with Churchill Downs or the Derby
itself," said Alicia Smiley, spokeswoman for Louisville Metro
Police. "We are still investigating at the stables and at the
barn."
      Smiley said that the victim "did sustain injuries that lead us
to believe he was involved in some type of altercation."
      "Our investigation is ongoing as to why he would have
specifically been at this location," Smiley said.
      Farmer said that the victim resided at the track's worker
quarters, but at a different location than where he was found.
      Churchill Downs security called police at 4:50 a.m. EDT, Smiley
said. The body was found in a barn used by Louisville trainer Angel
Montano Sr.
      Montano did not have a horse running Saturday either in the
undercard or the Derby, which saw a record attendance of more than
165,000. A telephone call, text and Twitter message left for
Montano were not immediately returned.
      About 200 people live at Churchill Downs at any given time -
either in dormitories on the edge of the property or in small
apartments above some of the barns themselves.
      Although Montano's barn is just four away - about 150 yards -
from where this year's Derby winner I'll Have Another is kept,
there was little talk of the incident in the stable area.
      Instead, I'll Have Another's trainer and owners were
participating in the usual post-Derby media interviews and
speculating about the next race in racing's Triple Crown, the
Preakness Stakes, in three weeks.
      The body was removed by stretcher from the barn at 9:50 a.m.,
and police were seen packing about a dozen large paper bags into
the back of a crime scene unit van.
      About a week after last year's Kentucky Derby, jockey Michael
Baze's body was found in a vehicle near the stables at the famed
Louisville track. His death was ruled an accidental drug overdose.

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