Murder Beneath the Twin Spires: No, it isn't the title of a Dick Francis murder mystery novel, but rather a real life homicide investigation.
The discovery of a dead body in a stable at world famous Churchill Downs the morning after the Kentucky Derby is now officially being investigated as a homicide.
The body of 48-year-old Adan Fabian Perez, a track worker originally from Guatemala, was discovered by a security guard in the early-morning hours on Sunday, a day after the track hosted the 138th running of the annual Kentucky Derby horse race. The body was found at the back of a barn occupied by Louisville trainer Angel Montano Sr. Investigators said Perez was apparently injured during a violent altercation and those injuries led to his death, but released few additional details.
"Homicide detectives later got to the scene and were able to determine that there is foul play involved; however we still do not have an exact cause of death,” said Louisville Metro Police spokesperson Alicia Smiley. She continued: "At this point we don't have anything pointing to the fact that this had any association with Churchill Downs or the Derby itself".
Approximately 200 people reside 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 the body was discovered only 150 yards away from the stable where the Derby winner I'll Have Another was kept, there was little talk of the murder in the stable area, people on the scene report.
Most of the talk the morning after the Derby was not about the murder but rather the long list of world-famous celebrities who hit town for the annual party circuit, including Ashton Kutcher, Cyndi Lauper, country star Miranda Lambert and rapper/actor Ice-T and his wife Coco.
Metro Louisville police said the investigation is ongoing.